Board of Directors


Anthony Marken

Anthony G. Marken is a principal at Capitol Counsel LLC. He brings to the firm over 10 years of political, legislative, and policy experience related to the Department of Defense Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Act, defense-wide privatization initiatives, and energy renewable programs. His expertise includes the policies, processes, and issues related to this DOD legislation. Additional experience includes active base retention strategies, military housing and utilities privatization initiatives, and an array of other Pentagon-wide privatization efforts and public/private partnerships within the federal agencies.

Mr. Marken has extensive experience working on strategic planning at the local, state, and federal levels with entities responsible for the redevelopment of military installations associated with BRAC legislation. These initiatives include ongoing strategic planning and implementation for the complex real estate issues associated with former federal facilities which support defense-related initiatives. He also assists the private sector development teams in planning and acquisition strategies for these specific sites and other federal properties. This includes assisting development entities participating in the privatization of housing and utilities programs at active military installations. He represents a wide variety of clients associated with these programs.

Prior to joining Capitol Counsel, Mr. Marken was a Vice President at The Washington Group, a Washington, D.C. government relations firm. There he worked on numerous state and federal issues related to BRAC and Energy Renewable initiatives. His clients included national real estate development firms and real estate funds, states affected by BRAC decisions, environmental firms, and leading energy renewable companies.

Before working with The Washington Group, Mr. Marken was Vice President of the Military Installations section of ML Strategies LLC, a government relations firm at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Glovsky, and Popeo, P.C., in Boston. He managed various aspects of military installation issues related to retention, redevelopment, and privatization for his clients at numerous military installations which included Fort Ord in California, Charleston Shipyard in South Carolina, and South Weymouth Naval Air Station in Massachusetts. Mr. Marken received a B.S. in Finance and Economics from Babson College in 1980.

John Carde

John is currently a Senior Vice President - National Director of Project Management for JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle). JLL is a global financial and professional services firm that specializes in commercial real estate services and investment management. John has over 25 years’ experience in the construction and project management industry.  John's position is responsible for supporting JLL’s Project and Development Services (PDS) focusing on people development, process improvement, strategic planning and overall financial performance for some of the world’s largest retail and financial institutions. The support provided touches all aspects of project management delivery, by developing talent, sharing best practices across accounts, identifying and securing new business opportunities while maintaining client relationships. Prior to joining JLL, John was Director of Asset Reinvestment for TD Bank, SVP of Construction Management for Bank of America, managing annual budgets of $200 million and has worked for several other retail companies such as McDonald's Corporation, ExxonMobil and Trammell Crow as an executive in construction management. 

John has dedicated over 15 years to coaching youth hockey in the Walpole area, having coached at King Philip High School, King Philip Walpole Youth Hockey, Neponset Valley River Rats and most recently with the Massachusetts Spitfires, where he was Head Coach of the 2011 U12 Girls team that went to the USA Nationals in Detroit, MI.  John is also a past President of the Walpole High School Boys Hockey Boosters, which raises money for the boys hockey program to supplement the additional funds needed that are not provided by the school itself.  

John lives in Walpole, MA with his wife Diane, son Alex and daughter Brooke who all actively participate in Need to Lead events.