Mark Belles

Mark Belles

Chief Operating Officer – Relias Learning

Mark Belles joined Relias Learning in January 2016, as Chief Operating Officer. He previously served as President and COO of Teaching Strategies, an early childhood education company delivering innovative programs that serve children from birth through grade 3. Prior to that, Mark spent eight years at Blackboard, an education technology company dedicated to improving every aspect of the education experience for millions of learners and educators around the world. While at Blackboard, Mark held a variety of roles, including SVP K-12, GM Australia/New Zealand and China, and SVP Global Sales, Operations and Marketing. He has more than 25 years’ experience in sales, marketing, alliances and client care. He is passionate about ensuring quality educational opportunities and experiences for all learners.

Mark is the Chairman of the Board at Brainfood, in Washington D.C. Brainfood is a non-profit youth development organization that uses food as a tool to promote active learning, self-reliance and healthy living to empower youth as resources in their own community.

Mark holds a BA in Math and Economics from St. Olaf College, and studied at Cambridge and Lancaster Universities in the U.K.

Mark spends his free time with his wife and two children.