RPA Names Colucci To Resource Development Role


Washington, D.C. – The Rail Passengers Association today named Mark A. Colucci as Vice President for Resource Development, joining the DC-based RPA professional staff after more than a decade of business development and fundraising success for the American Hospital Association in Chicago.

“Mark is a seasoned, experienced professional with a strong track record and a commitment to our mission here at the Association,” said RPA President Jim Mathews. “One of my most important goals since I came on board in late 2014 has been to find ways to make our members’ efforts locally more effective and to amplify their voices on behalf of the rail-riding public. That can only happen with a strong focus on resource development and fundraising, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that Mark has joined the team to help us carry out our work nationwide.”

Colucci will create, direct and execute a broad range of resource development and fundraising activities, helping RPA to expand funding and grant support from corporate, foundation, and major individual donors, support that’s vital to continue and expand efforts such as the very successful #Rally4Trains campaign last summer to save Amtrak’s National Network trains. Colucci will also be involved in working with the rest of our team to increase membership and improve member benefits.

Most recently Colucci worked in business development for the AHA in Chicago, focused on Sponsorships & Underwriting, Content Marketing, Corporate Memberships and Marketing. One outstanding achievement was in pioneering the creative use of philanthropy for marketing return-on-investment (ROI), which benefited the organization, its constituents, the sponsors and several charities.

Colucci also has previous experience working in media for Reed Business brands, MultiChannel News, Variety and Broadband Week and at Primedia Business on the Telephony brands and the start-up team for IndustryClick Interactive. There was also a brief stint at the Apple community network start-up TalkCity. On his last tour in D.C. he worked at the American Physical Therapy Association and Montgomery Cable.

Colucci earned his Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from ASAE in 2012 and holds a degree in Advertising from Michigan State, where he was very active in student government and philanthropy. Colucci will relocate Washington, DC, and be based at RPA’s DC office.

About the Rail Passengers Association
The Rail Passengers Association is the oldest and largest national organization speaking for the nearly 40 million users of passenger trains and rail transit. We have worked since 1967 to expand the quality and quantity of passenger rail in the U.S. Our mission is to work towards a modern, customer-focused national passenger train network that provides a travel choice Americans want. Our work is supported by more than 28,000 individual members nationwide.