Mark Yates, Vice President
Mark Yates serves as the Vice President of the Advanced Power Alliance representing members of the Oklahoma wind and solar energy industry; project developers and investors; land owners; manufacturers and suppliers; counties and school districts; and the employees working in 26 counties throughout Oklahoma.
Mark represents its members in Oklahoma’s policy forums, seeking to encourage and support the production of electricity through the use of wind generators and solar power.
Additionally, the Advanced Power Alliance promotes the development of energy resources as clean, reliable, and affordable sources of power. The Alliance is the advanced power industry’s voice within the fourteen states of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and Southwest Power Pool (SPP) systems: Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming.
Mark was previously with Oklahoma Farm Bureau where he served as Vice President of Field Operations. Mark worked closely with the membership of Farm Bureau to engage in the legislative process. He worked to educate members and the public about important legislative issues that impacted the agricultural industry. In his time with Farm Bureau, Mark traveled the state and served as the liaison to the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and Tulsa Regional Chamber.
Prior to his time at Farm Bureau, Mark was an educator in Oklahoma Public Schools for eleven years. He spent time as a teacher and coach at Plainview, Edmond North, and Mustang High Schools. Along with his teaching experience Mark also served as the Federal Programs Director for Plainview Public Schools in Ardmore. With his unique background, Mark understands the vital role the wind industry plays in rural economies, but also the impact it has for schools in Oklahoma.
Mark is a graduate of East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma where he holds a Bachelors in History and Masters in Secondary Administration. Mark lives in Edmond with his wife Stacy and daughter Londyn where they are very active in the community and their church.