Mark Gjurasic is the principal of Public Affairs of Washington, LLC, specializing in governmental affairs representation, fundraising and educational services. He began his lobbying career in the 1980’s. As a result, he has long-term relationships with many lawmakers both on the Congressional and State level.
Mark represents a significant real-estate client base which includes:
Washington Landlord Association (WLA)
Building Owners and Managers Association, (BOMA),
International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
Manufactured Housing Communities of Washington (MHCW),
Washington Self Storage Association (WSSA) and
Government Building Owners and Lessors Association (GBOLA).
His expertise is in residential and commercial real estate, real-estate taxation, landlord and tenant act, and manufactured housing landlord and tenant act.
One of his major legislative achievements was the passage of a bill that would not allow local jurisdictions to implement residential rent control. This legislation, which is in law today, is a state pre-emption - which in other words, does not allow cities and counties to implement residential rent control locally that includes apartments and manufactured housing. In every major piece of legislation effecting residential rental properties Mark has helped lobby through the Washington State Legislature.
Currently Mark is an advisor to seven Political Action Committees that make contributions to Legislative races as well as Gubernatorial, Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor, and State Supreme Court candidates.
Mark’s background includes an active military career in the United States Army as a commission officer, and graduate studies at U.C.L.A. in Marketing, with undergraduate work in Journalism and Advertising at the University of Washington.
Mark and his wife have fostered over 22 children and have recently adopted a family of five. They make their home in Olympia.