Acting, screenwriting
and voice-over


Plenty of samples from
Weyerhaeuser, Holland
America, Boeing and many
other clients and employers.


Journalistic training at the University of Missouri and
two decades of work for companies like Boeing.


Lots of nice comments
from employers, clients,
co-workers and readers
over the years.


News and feature articles,
press releases, marketing
and advertising copy,
strategic plans ... and more.

Professional experience and training at

the nation's leading companies and schools

Mark Ziegler's work in marketing, public relations and corporate communications has exposed him to some of the world's most fascinating companies and technologies. Whether the field has been aerospace, chemicals, biotechnology, consumer electronics, retail or state government policy, it's been quite a journey. And it all started with a solid foundation acquired at a renowned school.

University of Missouri School of Journalism

While graduating from the top-ranked University of Missouri School
of Journalism, Ziegler earned valuable reporting and announcing experience at the Columbia Missourian, a citywide UPI newspaper; KOMU-TV, an NBC affiliate; and KBIA-FM, a National Public Radio affiliate.

Ziegler garnered a second degree from "Mizzou" in political science, while also serving in the office of Missouri Gov. Christopher "Kit"
, the eventual four-term U.S. senator from the Show-Me State.

The Boeing Company

A good portion of Ziegler's professional career -- almost 14 years -- was spent at The Boeing Company in Seattle, the nation's leading exporter.

As part of a large in-house bureau that operated much like a traditional public relations or advertising agency, Ziegler assisted clients from throughout the huge aerospace company.

He helped these various departments determine their communications needs, define their audiences, refine their messages, and then
produced award-winning programs and pieces for placement in many corporate, divisional and management publications.
His byline
was a familiar, well-respected sight in the company's 16-page weekly, Boeing News.

Name a subject, and chances are he wrote about it: first flights of airplanes; wind tunnel testing; exceptional efforts by Boeing suppliers; earthquake preparedness; health, safety and wellness issues; recycling programs; computing architecture and security; employee benefits; corporate "change" inititatives; spelling bees; and much more.

But Ziegler was perhaps most associated with many memorable
features about Boeing employees participating in or helped by two
major corporate programs: Working Solutions, an outside service contracted by Boeing to provide daycare, eldercare and emergency services to employees; and the Boeing Employees Good Neighbor Fund (BEGNF), the world's most successful employee-owned corporate giving program. In 1991, the communications team for BEGNF, of which Ziegler was a member, won the United Way's international award for best corporate campaign.

His lyrical, haunting analogies to "wolves" in the story at right, about
a BEGNF volunteer who was herself helped during a traumatic life episode decades earlier, drew the following expression of gratitude
from Ziegler's client:
"I was impressed with Mark's story. He has
outdone himself. It was a terrific piece of work."

"Your writing is some of the best I've seen in the Boeing News,"
another reader once wrote to Ziegler after reading his whimsical
retelling of the Boeing Spell Off
. "Other people in my group
commented on it, too."

Said the editor of Boeing News simply: "Everything he sends over
is great!"

Mark Ziegler Communications

Since 2002, Ziegler has performed communications, public relations and writing duties, on a freelance and contract basis, for a number of private- and public-sector clients.

Contract assignments have included:

  • Washington State Department of Personnel -- As manager,
    Internal Communications, Ziegler wrote, published and took
    pictures for the agency's enormously popular Weekly Briefs
    "I've worked for the state for 14 years, at three
    state agencies, and your newsletter is easily the best I've seen,"
    one employee told him. Another wrote and said, "I must continue
    to tell you how great this work has been. It's so informative and
    looks great, too."

    In addition to these internal communications duties, Ziegler
    crafted executive messages and talking points for the
    department's director; produced press releases and talking points about departmental issues for use by Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire and her staff; and performed marketing communications duties for the Washington State Combined Fund Drive and the Washington State Employee Assistance Program, both administered and housed by the Department of Personnel.

  • Digeo, Paul Allen's high-tech entertainment venture -- Developed and distributed the weekly Digeo Times e-newletter; created executive profiles for the intranet; wrote messages for corporate executives to employees on critical business issues; and produced popular audio-visual presentations for the quarterly all-employee meetings.

  • Fluke Networks, a division of the Fluke Corporation -- Wrote copy and administered the division's intranet news site.

Freelance clients have included:

  • Weyerhaeuser -- articles for the companywide Weyerhaeuser Today

  • Holland America Line -- stories for companywide Inside Passages

  • Edge Communications, a Los Angeles-based public relations agency serving the high-tech industry -- press releases for Edge clients uSamp, one of the world's fastest-growing market sample companies, and Nitto Tire U.S.A.

  • National Association of Electrical Distributors -- marketing writing for national conferences

  • Golder Associates, an international ground engineering and environmental services company

Most recently

Ziegler most recently served as communications manager at CallFire, a Los Angeles-area company recently named to the “Ten of Southern California's Top Software Companies” list. The startup offers automated text and phone message campaigns, as well as call center, interactive voice response and keyword products, via two user interfaces on its cloud-based platform. Major customers include one of the nation's leading insurance companies, both political parties, universities and governmental emergency notification systems.

During his tenure, he oversaw development of the website's first Careers section; created the firm's first-ever technical documentation, written in a friendly, marketing type of tone; and published and doubled readership of the weekly e-newsletter, featuring a mix of news and humor. Other duties included the writing and editing of marketing copy, blog postings, service announcements to customers, and messages from management to employees, in addition to providing pictures to the company's Facebook crew.

Previously, he served as media relations manager at an Orange County, Calif., aerospace supplier. He secured numerous placements with national and international trade publications, including five interview opportunities for the corporate president.


Ziegler has also started a side career in film. In 2012, he wrote his first script -- "Sam & Delalla" -- from a film treatment provided by Two Cuzzins Entertainment. It's the story of two cowboy-brothers-turned-saloon-owners in the Mojave Desert who get roped into a body part harvesting scheme by a visiting seductress. In addition to the requisite carving, it features plenty of suggestive banter and totally taboo physicality. Again in conjuction with Two Cuzzins, he's currently researching and developing a more mainstream film treatment, "Where They Galloped, The Earth Sang," which tells the story of a 20th-century adverturess who owned one of the greatest thoroughbreds of all time.

Early career

Ziegler started his career in public relations and internal communications at Monsanto Company, the chemical and biotechnology giant based in St. Louis, as well as at West Coast retail conglomerate Pay 'n Save Corporation. 


As a child in pre-Disney Orlando, Fla., Ziegler's fantasies were of
celestial explorations with
the astronauts. After teenage and college
years spent in
the Midwest, he moved to the West Coast, desiring to experience the vast beauty of the rest of America.

Besides the outdoors and long, meandering road trips through Canada and the American West -- including the majestic Mount St. Helens volcano, pictured at right  -- Ziegler's other interests include the arts, movies, animals, almost all sports and almost all things political.

In his spare time, he's also served his alma mater, the University of Missouri, for more than two decades. He helped create the Seattle/Puget Sound chapter of the Mizzou Alumni Association and was a member of the executive board for 20 years, the last eight as co-president. Since relocating to Southern California, he's become an active participant in the Los Angeles/Orange County alumni chapter, taking many photographs that document the fun and fellowship at various events.