Mark Fabiani, special counsel to the president of the San Diego Chargers, will be the keynote speaker for the annual Deal Maker Awards breakfast.
Fabiani joined the Chargers as special counsel to the president in April 2002. In his role with the club, Fabiani's primary function is to work with the San Diego community to explore opportunities for a new state-of-the-art football stadium in the San Diego region.
Since joining the Chargers, Fabiani and his La Jolla-based firm, Fabiani & Lehane LLC, have taken the lead in creating a comprehensive stadium development proposal that the team hopes will lead to a dynamic new business and residential region on the current stadium site. He also handled the grassroots effort to educate the community of the proposal's benefits.
Fabiani's firm provides strategic advice and tactical execution to companies and individuals facing complex financial, marketing, communications and legal challenges.
In 2000, Fabiani served as the deputy campaign manager for communications and strategy for former Vice President Al Gore's presidential campaign, in the closest presidential election in modern history. Fabiani was responsible for coordinating the campaign's communications and media strategies and tactics, including for the vice president's post-election Florida vote-count effort. Fabiani also served as the campaign's chief spokesperson, appearing daily on national television broadcasts.
Prior to serving under Gore, Fabiani held the position of special counsel to President Bill Clinton from 1994 through the 1996 presidential campaign. Fabiani provided legal, communications and political counsel to the president and first lady of the United States on allegations and investigations of Whitewater and other related matters.
As part of his duties, Fabiani produced and communicated the legal, legislative and political responses to inquiries from the media, Capitol Hill and investigative agencies. In this role, Fabiani also served as the White House's principle spokesperson before the national media, appearing regularly on major news shows.
Fabiani's experience with complex problem resolution also includes four years of service as deputy mayor of Los Angeles and chief of staff to Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley.
In that post Fabiani managed political strategy, media relations, policy analysis and an executive staff of 129 for the mayor. Fabiani directed day-to-day interaction between the mayor's office and the media, general managers of city departments, the city council, and the city's principle private sector companies and public sector institutions.
Fabiani, who graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1982, also served in senior positions at the United States Department of Justice and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
As a deputy assistant attorney general at the Justice Department, Fabiani was responsible for policy development for the attorney general. As deputy assistant secretary at HUD, Fabiani implemented the federal government's Empowerment Zone Initiative for urban revitalization.
Fabiani was born May 31, 1957, in Ellwood City, Penn. He earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Redlands. Fabiani and his family have resided in La Jolla since 1996.