- Investment CommitteeCommittee Member
Marco has been the foundation’s treasurer since its inception. He is responsible for overseeing the general financial management of KF, including maintaining its books and records, financial reporting, budgets, compliance with all federal and state regulatory requirements, and annual audit preparation and reporting.
Originally from northern Minnesota, Marco graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, with a major in economics. He was instrumental in establishing several cooperatives in Madison, Wisconsin, and in the late 1960s and ’70s lived in various communal situations in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest. He met Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1972 and immediately became his student. Soon thereafter he moved to Boulder, Colorado, where he helped start Naropa Institute. He attended the 1975 Vajradhatu Seminary, where the second of his three sons was born. He moved to Karme Choling, Vermont, in the early 1980s, where he became the business manager and eventually the controller. Later he moved back to Chicago and worked at a CPA firm for 10 years, eventually becoming a CPA. He moved to Portland, Oregon, in 1994, where he has held various managerial accounting positions.
I met Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche at the cremation of Trungpa Rinpoche in 1987 and became a devoted student of his in 1992. I’ve lived in Portland, Oregon, with my wife Penny since 1994 and have been fortunate to attend nearly all of Rinpoche’s teachings in the Pacific Northwest and California over the years. When time permits, I enjoy visiting my grown sons and granddaughter in Colorado and Michigan. I also try to journey to Northern Minnesota once a year to frolic with my numerous siblings and their families, listen to the loons, and replenish my supply of noncultivated wild rice.