Mark Ritacco

Deputy Director of Government Affairs

Mark Ritacco joined NACo in March 2020 and serves as deputy director of government affairs. He directs NACo’s Government Affairs Department which includes legislative and executive branch outreach, coalition building and advocacy on behalf of the association’s legislative priorities and policy development. 

Before joining NACo, Mark spent over a decade working in both the U.S. House, Senate and on political campaigns. Most recently, Mark served as director of strategic initiatives for Sen. Chris Murphy from Connecticut, where he directed the senator’s appropriations and workforce development work. Mark earned a degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Stronger Counties. Stronger America.

About NACo

The National Association of Counties (NACo) strengthens America’s counties, serving nearly 40,000 county elected officials and 3.6 million county employees.  Founded in 1935, NACo unites county officials to:

  • Advocate county priorities in federal policymaking
  • Promote exemplary county policies and practices
  • Nurture leadership skills and expand knowledge networks
  • Optimize county and taxpayer resources and cost savings, and
  • Enrich the public’s understanding of county government.


Strengthen America’s counties.


Healthy, safe and vibrant counties across America.