Mark Farley (pictured here with wife Kaety and daughter Simone) came from a long career in marketing, business and technology development. While majoring in fine art at the University of Oregon, Mark swiftly realized that an artist brings a unique perspective to the world, and that communicating ideas and concepts can change the world and is valued.
He came to Newport in 2011 to work with Oregon Sea Grant at the Hatfield Marine Science Center to develop the National Science Foundation funded Cyberlab, a human observation system that allows social scientists and education researchers to understand how people learn in informal settings like the science center. Farley works with scientists to better communicate science to the interested public through exhibit development, videos, social media, apps, and special education programs.
Farley says, “Working with Oregon Sea Grant provided me a wide range of experiences and the opportunity to work with remarkable people. One of those remarkable people was Fisheries Extension Agent Kaety Jacobson, also with Oregon Sea Grant.”
Together they developed many successful programs and grants together. Mark came to know through his association with Kaety how vibrant Extension work was, and was inspired by her love and commitment to her coastal community. The working relationship turned romantic and then to marriage, and he stands with her in their mutual commitment and appreciation of this unique community.
Farley notes that, “his own strange, wonderful and eclectic journey with the arts, his draw to give back to this remarkable community and his desire to support his daughter in her love of the arts brought Mark to serve on our board.” Welcome.