Mark Mansfield

mark mansfield

July 14, 1958 ~ January 21, 2015


Mark Mansfield, who during a Central Intelligence Agency career spanning more than 31 years, served in public affairs capacities for nine CIA Directors, died the evening of January 21, 2015 from complications of kidney disease in Miami, Florida. He was 56.

Mansfield's most recent agency assignment was as an Officer-in-Residence at the University of Miami, where he taught courses on CIA and intelligence from the fall of 2009 until the spring of 2013. After retiring from the federal government in July 2013, he taught at the university for one more semester.

Mansfield served as CIA's Director of Public Affairs from July 2006 until May 2009, working directly for former CIA Director General Michael Hayden.

Prior to that, he had been assigned for a year to the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), where he also served as Director of Public Affairs.

Mansfield held various positions in CIA's Public Affairs Office. He served as Deputy Director of Public Affairs from 1997 to 2004 and, prior to that, served as Chief of Media Relations, as a CIA spokesman and as a speechwriter for the Director. In 1992-93, he supervised an analytical branch in the Directorate of Intelligence.

He began his CIA career as an editor with what was then the Foreign Broadcast Information Service.

Mansfield was a 2005 recipient of the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the CIA's highest award for service. He received the "Director's Award" from former CIA Directors Michael Hayden and George Tenet.

A native of northern New Jersey, Mansfield received his Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers University in 1980 and a Master's from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1982.

He always had a sense of adventure, which inspired him to travel the world. While battling both kidney disease and diabetes, Mark still maintained his sharp wit and zest for life. In lieu of flowers, friends may donate to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation in Mark's memory at

He is survived by his daughter, Lauren Mansfield, of Herndon, VA; and two brothers, Gregory of New York, NY and Paul of Wynnewood, PA.

The viewing and funeral arrangements are scheduled as follows:

Viewing at Frank Patti Funeral Home (327 Main Street, Fort Lee, NJ 07024) on Friday, January 30, 2015 from 4-8 p.m.

Funeral mass at The Historic Madonna Church on the Hill (2070 Hoefleys Lane, Fort Lee, NJ 07024) on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 11 a.m.


Mass: January 31, 2015 11:00 am

Madonna R.C. Church On The Hill
2070 Hoefley's Lane
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Visitation at Funeral Home: January 30, 2015 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Final Resting Place:

Madonna Mausoleum
2070 Hoefleys Lane
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

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  1. My heartfelt condolences to Mark's family.
    I worked closely with Mark during the mid 90s and will always remember his amazing professionalism, great sense of dedication to the CIA and his disarming ability to make you laugh even in the most difficult of times. He had an innate ability to walk the very fine line between openness and non-disclosure. He was a superb spokesman and a great friend.

    Dennis Boxx

  2. My condolences to Mansfield family. May it help you and your family to know that Luke 20:38 say: He is a God not of the dead but of the living for they are all living to him. Yes, to him, all his loyal ones who have died faithful to him are as good as alive, for their ressurection is a certainty. Please find some strength and comfort from this in your days ahead.

  3. I worked with Mark at CIA. He was a good, gentle man and a friend. It was not the easiest of jobs, but he did it well. I will miss him. He will be missed.

  4. I had the privilege of working with Mark at CIA. He was conscientious, efficient and a very effective spokesman for the Agency. He gave excellent public relations advice while adhering to the Agency's need to maintain secrecy. He was kind in his dealings with others and a joy to work with.

  5. We were so very sorry to hear the sad news about Mark. He was a good man with a great sense of humor– things were never dull when Mark was around!
    Mark found his calling– writing– and used his abilities to make a difference in the world .
    We have made a donation to the Diabetes Research Institute in honor and in memory of our Dear Cousin. Please know that our hearts are with you all at this sad time.
    Love and Peace,
    Cousins Jim,
    Michael and Lori,
    Dianne and Steve,
    and families

  6. My condolences to the Mansfield family. Although I did not know Mark I would like to add if he is anything like his twin, the world lost a wonderful man who gave so much.

  7. I would like to offer my deepest sympathies to you. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are never alone. Turn to the Holy Scriptures for guidance and to help soothe your heart. Psalms 34:18 assures us that God is near to those broken at heart and crushed in spirit. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

  8. So shocked and sorry to hear of Mark's passing.
    Condolences to all the family.

    Jay Bernstein
    Sol Bernstein
    Len Bernstein
    Maxine Bernstein
    Seymour and Shirley Bernstein

  9. Mark was a brilliant advocate and fierce defender of the Agency and its mission. I got to know him first as a reporter and later as a colleague. He was generous with his time and offered onthemoney advice to me as a rookie press secretary at a companion agency.
    Mark literally wrote the book on how to do a tough and important job. And he wrote it with style and grace.
    Greatly to be missed.

  10. I haven't seen Mark since I recruited him from Rutgers University for the CIA long ago. I remember him well.He kept in touch with me periodically over the years.Naturaly he wrote me a nice note when I retired from the agency in 1994.I remember him for his welcoming,bright personality. I know his daughter and brothers will miss him dearly. All Gods blessings on his family at this sorrowful time. Jim Fitzgerald I will rememberMark in my daily prayers

  11. I feel lucky to have known Mark from his high school days in Fort Lee. May his memory continue to be a blessing to his family, friends and former colleagues.

  12. Even though I known Mark a short period of time it felt like a lifetime. He was one of my patients at Mercy Hospital, the stories we shared with one another are unforgetable. The smile he put on my face and the smile i got back in return were priceless. I can hear his voice now, "Ernest Your A Prince." It hurt me deeply to hear that he'd left this world so soon, but put me at peace that he's at rest and no longer suffering.

  13. I am an Italian University of Miami graduate that had the honor of attending Professor Mansfield class on the world of intelligence. I can say without any doubt that I remember him and his course as the best memory of my college years. He was truly an example and a mentor for me. I will miss him very much.
    My deepest condolences to all of his family.

  14. We are very sorry to hear of your loss and would like to extend our deepest sympathies to family and dear friends. "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more." says Revelation chapter 21 verse 4. May you please continue to love and support one another, especially during this time. It is our hope that you draw true comfort from our loving heavenly Father's promises found in the Holy Scriptures at John 5:25-29; Isaiah 33:24. Again so sorry.

  15. I had the privilege of taking a Professor Mansfield's intelligence class last spring, during my last semester at the University of Miami.

    He was truly a positive influence on my life, his class, his bearing and insights he provided, as well as speakers he brought to class influenced my decision to pursue a career in the Marine Corps.

    I regret never having thanked him for his influence.

    With sincere respect and sympathy,

    Murphy Keefe

  16. I write this broken-hearted, having read only today about Mark's passing.

    Mark was my roommate and best friend in grad school. The last time I talked to him was when he left his wedding for an assignment in London. We reconnected two years ago and had a long conversation, after which my wife looked at my beaming face and said, "Wow, you really loved that guy."

    I really did, and I wondered why he hadn't responded to my emails since. My deepest sympathies to Lauren, Greg, Paul and the rest of his family. No, not sympathies; empathy. I hurt with you.

    A belated goodbye, Mark, my friend. Thank you for contributing to my life.

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