Mark Walters a co-leader with the Miami Inner City Outings (ICO) which is an outreach arm of the Sierra Club. The mission of the ICO is to expose youth from inner city and underserved populations in and around South Florida to the wonders of the natural environment.
Mark is also an officer on the Board of Trustees of the Virginia Key Beach Park Trust. The Trust is a limited instrumentality of the City of Miami that grew out of citizens’ opposition to the city’s attempts to lease Virginia Key Beach Park to developers for an upscale eco resort back in 1999. With a degree in chemistry from the University of Miami and a Florida Atlantic University MBA, Walters manages a research lab at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He is an avid kayaker and outdoor enthusiast. He has backpacked the Inca Trail and toured Machu Picchu in Peru, climbed mountains in California and Montana and forded rivers in Alaska, among other jaunts. Walters lives in Miami and has two children. He was born in the hills overlooking Montego Bay, Jamaica and graduated from Cornwall College. Most of his family still lives on the island.