Mark Lloyd is vice president of strategic initiatives at the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. He is also an affiliate professor of public policy at Georgetown University. A frequent contributor to both academic and popular publications, his book Prologue to a Farce: Communication and Democracy in America was published by the University of Illinois Press in 2007. Prior to joining LCCR, Lloyd was a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he analyzed policy and conducted research on the relationship between communications and strong democratic communities. From 2002 until 2004, he was a Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). An Emmy Award-winning journalist, Lloyd produced and reported for radio and television operations including NBC and CNN. He also worked as a communications lawyer at the firm Dow, Lohnes & Albertson and served as the general counsel of the Benton Foundation. Lloyd received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.