Guardian Award for Alumni Merit
Master of Science in International Public Administration, 1974
Vice President, Global Intelligence, Threat Analysis and Crisis Management, The Walt Disney Company
Mark Kroeker is Vice President, Global Intelligence, Threat Analysis and Crisis Management for the Walt Disney Company. He began a police career in 1965 with the Los Angeles Police Department where he rose through the ranks to become Deputy Chief. He was widely known as a dedicated police professional and devoted advocate and leader of community policing. Among his awards was the FBI Director’s Award for Exceptional Public Service and the Sherwood Family Prize for Combating Hate.
In 1997 he was appointed as United Nations Deputy Police Commissioner (Operations) in Bosnia and Herzegovina where his duties included rebuilding Bosnia’s police forces, rendered dysfunctional by war.
In 1999, he became the Chief of the Portland Police Bureau in Oregon, United States, where he led the police of Oregon’s largest metropolitan area for almost four years.
He was appointed United Nations Police Commissioner in Liberia in 2003, where he directed the United Nations efforts to build, train and equip a new national police for the nation of Liberia after its 14 year sub-regional war. He then served as the United Nations Police Adviser and Director of the Police Division of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations from 2005 to 2007. His leadership responsibilities at UN world headquarters were to oversee police components in 17 UN peace-keeping missions.
In his career he has also served as a member of the American-Israeli-Palestinian Anti-Incitement Committee; led a team of American police leaders to design the reform plan for the Haiti National Police following the return of ousted President Aristide; and participated in the exploration of police development projects in Rwanda and Burundi after the genocide of 1994.
In 1988 Mark founded and remains Chairman of the World Children’s Transplant Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of pediatric organ transplantation around the world. His work in saving lives of children resulted in his receiving the Raul Wallenberg Saving the Children Award and the Knight Commander Award, the highest award conferred by the President of Argentina to a civilian.
He holds several degrees including a Master of Science in International Public Administration from the University of Southern California. His high school and undergraduate alma maters have recognized him with outstanding alumnus awards. He is an active advocate of rule of law, international justice and the abolition of child slavery and trafficking. He is a member of the Board of the International Justice Mission, the International Network to Promote the Rule of Law and UN’s International Policing Advisory Committee.