Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Appoints Its First Chief Development and Community Engagement Officer

Mark Edmiaston, Accomplished Nonprofit Executive, Brings Extensive Background in Community Engagement and Fundraising

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. – (May 11, 2017) The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) has promoted Mark Edmiaston to serve as the organization’s first chief development and community engagement officer. Edmiaston, who formerly served as vice president of development, will oversee the overarching strategy of the organization’s development and community engagement departments and will report to Julie Fleshman, JD, MBA, president and CEO of PanCAN.

In his new role, Edmiaston will also ensure that the organization is focusing on its affiliates and strengthening their volunteer network, including the mission-based activities in the markets they represent.

“Our organization is sustainable because of our volunteers, donors and supporters from across the country,” said Fleshman. “Mark’s new role will ensure alignment and efficiencies across all of our fundraising and volunteer-driven efforts, which will ultimately create more opportunities for us to meet our goals and double pancreatic cancer survival by 2020.”

Though the five-year survival has increased one percentage point every year over the past three years, from 6 to 9 percent, the disease remains the deadliest major cancer. To combat these tough statistics, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network invests in groundbreaking initiatives like its Know Your Tumor® molecular profile program and Precision Promise, a first-of-its-kind precision medicine adaptive clinical trial.

“I am honored to be a part of a trailblazing organization that is committed to changing the course of the nation’s toughest cancer,” Edmiaston said. “The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is on a mission to create a better future for all pancreatic cancer patients and I’m thrilled to be a part of this movement.”

Prior to joining PanCAN, Edmiaston oversaw the fitness and endurance division for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital — a division that he launched and developed to support the organization’s growth objectives. He also served as president of the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation, where he oversaw the nonprofit’s nationwide efforts to increase research funding, advocacy and patient services for children and their families impacted by the condition.

Edmiaston spent the first two decades of his career with the American Cancer Society, where he played a key role in expanding Relay For Life in terms of revenue, participation and communities served. This culminated with his role as chief development and community engagement officer for a 12-state Division.

Edmiaston holds a B.A. in International Economics and Trade from Texas Tech University.