Board Member, Legal Advisor and Management Consultant
Mark Bookman’s evolution as an accomplished Legal and Management Consultant spans 4 decades of legal advising for a wide range of nonprofit organizations and associations. He received his B.A. in 1970 from the University of California at Los Angeles in History and his J.D. degree (1973) from the same university in Law. Since then he has been a member of the California Bar Association and spent nearly two decades in progressively higher senior administrative positions within higher education and nonprofit organizations. In 1980, Bookman started Education and Non-Profit Consulting, Inc. doing legal and management consulting for a vast array of nonprofits. He joined the American Jewish University as a member of its tenured faculty in 1990 and began serving as the Chair of AJU'sDepartment of Business. In January of 1993 he became responsible for the University's MBA Program, unique in that its focus is the nonprofit sector. In this capacity, he was responsible for this academic department's curriculum, academic advising, the selection of all faculty and other related matters. Amongst the courses taught by Bookman are Business Law, Accounting, Constitutional Law and the Service Sector in the College of Arts and Science, as well as Human Resource Management and Law and Taxation at the graduate level.
From 1990 to 2019, he was AJU's Zarem Professor of Business and Law. For 15 years he served as the University’s senior vice president and in-house counsel. Recognizing his span of experience, Bookman was asked to join the Senior Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 2003. In 2006 he became the Chair of the Commission’s Finance and Operating Committee and a member of its Executive Committee. He completed the maximum six year of continuous service in 2009. From 2005 until July 2008 Bookman served the AJU as Provost and Senior VP, responsible for the University’s academic program. A major achievement during his tenure in this position was the very successful re-accreditation of the AJU for a 10-year period. In both this role and as COO, Bookman was responsible for extensive contact with members of the University’s board of directors. His last two positions were as the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs at the University of Houston and the General Manager of the Associated Students, California State University, Chico. In these positions, he is known for taking struggling organizations and transforming them into service oriented and financially successful entities. He has also served numerous professional associations including membership on the Executive Committee of the Association of College Unions - International and as President of The Auxiliary Organization Associations of the California State Universities. Since leaving his administrator and professor roles at the University, he continues assisting multiple non-profits, including the creation of a few new Sec. 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(3)PF entities annually.Bookman’s more recent consulting work has focused on board and management relationships, joint ventures and mergers, and the use of subsidiary and related corporations. His current work with Theatrical Producers League of Los Angeles, researching the Dynamex case and AB5 has included multiple presentations to the approximately 100-member association.