Chief Operating Officer
David Cusack is the Chief Operating Officer for Markham, serving clients since 2018.
For over 19 years, David Cusack has overseen the production, logistical, and operational work for some of the most historic political events in U.S. history; including Elections Nights in 2008 and 2012 in Chicago, IL and all events for both the 2009 and 2013 inaugurations. He has worked on three presidential campaigns (Gore, Kerry, Obama), three Democratic National Conventions (2004, 2008, 2012), and the aforementioned two presidential inaugurations (2009 and 2013).
Before joining Markham, Cusack served as the Director of Operations for the White House. There, David Cusack was responsible for the daily operations and finances of the White House and the Executive Office of the President, which included a $55 million annual budget. He chaired the White House Short-Term Campus Projects Committee and approved all facility projects (200+) between U.S. Secret Service, National Park Service, General Services Administration, White House Military Office and the Office of Administration. Cusack was responsible for emergency communications to staff and the Continuity of Operations Plan for the White House in order to ensure the continuity of government in the event of a natural, man-made, technological, or national security emergency. Additionally, he oversaw all contracts between the White House and its vendors, 194,000 square feet of office space in 6 buildings (including all media work space), 900 parking spaces, 24 event spaces, a fleet of 24 vehicles, the mail and printing services for the president and White House staff, 7,000 monthly visitors to the West Wing, and 1,000 daily visitors to the White House campus.
Cusack also worked at the U.S. Department of State for both the Our Ocean Conference and the U.S. - Africa Leaders Summit. During which he oversaw the logistics for President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, 59 foreign ministers, speakers, and attendees from 90 nations, various government officials and celebrities. He advised and counseled the White House and various Federal agencies on the U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit, particularly on operational security and official credentials for this National Special Security Event. Cusack coordinated multiple offices and departments within the U.S. Department of State, along with a myriad of foreign and domestic governments and media outlets, to strive for common goals in a condensed time frame.
As Executive Director of the second inauguration of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, Cusack managed a staff of 700, a volunteer corps of 15,000, and solicited public and corporate donations of $41.5 million. He coordinated the building and logistics for a crowd of 800,000 on the National Mall and 200,000 on Pennsylvania Avenue. Additionally, he oversaw the National Day of Service, which comprised over 4,000 events in all 50 states, 50,000 participants on the National Mall, and over 1 million service hours pledged.
David Cusack served as a Commissioned Officer to the President of the United States when he was Director of Advance for President Barack Obama. He was responsible for the production and logistics of every public event in which the President participated in outside the White House grounds both domestically (215 trips), internationally (35 trips) and U.S.-hosted summits (4). Cusack represented the United States government overseas in negotiating presidential visits while leading delegations of 35 government personnel from 10 different government entities.
Prior to his service with the Obama family, David Cusack was a transportation policy analyst for the D.C. Department of Transportation and later, Board of Clark County Commissioners in Vancouver, WA.
David Cusack hails from Cape Cod and is known to be an ardent Red Sox fan (but not an obnoxious one). He earned an MPA from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and received his bachelors in classics at Colby College.
He is based out of the Washington, D.C. office.