Stanley earned a bachelor's degree in urban studies at the University of Maryland-College Park in 1986 and a master's in environmental planning from Arizona State University in 1991. His master's thesis on the interface between bicycling and public transit led the Phoenix Transit System to add front bicycle racks to three of its routes, a program which has since expanded across the system.
Stanley was president and co-owner of Path Finder Transportation Service in Phonix and also worked as an operations planning supervisor at the Phoenix Transit System. He then moved to California and worked for ATC/Forsythe's Foothill Transit in West Covina. He was there from 1993 to 2001, and was promoted to director of planning and operations before left to accept a position as transit division group leader for Korve Engineering in Oakland.
Stanley was hired by BJCTA and took over the system from acting director Debra Anderson-Burse in January 2003. During his tenure in Birmingham, Stanley oversaw an increase in ridership to 4 million in one year while reducing operating expenses by $2 million. Despite the apparent successes and a spate of positive news stories, the board, led by former director Phil Gary, voted 4-2 on October 29, 2004 to remove him due to "general incompetence."
After leaving Birmingham, Stanley returned to California as director of planning for the Riverside Transit Agency. In 2011 he was named executive director of the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy in Azusa, California.
W. Kenneth Gordon
January 2003 - December 2004
- Torres, Ailene (October 29, 2004) " Transit Authority director dismissed: Many angered, shocked about termination." Birmingham Post-Herald
- Whitmire, Kyle (November 18, 2004) " A tale of two directors: Transit board chairman knows incompetence first hand." Birmingham Weekly
- Stauzillo, Steve (August 28, 2011) "New conservancy chief Stanley takes job in lean times." Whittier Daily News
- Mark Stanley on LinkedIn.com