The Chair of Integrity Initiatives International, Mark L Wolf is a Senior United States District Judge, and the former Chief Judge, of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Prior to his appointment in 1985, among other things, Judge Wolf served as a Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States after Watergate and as the Deputy United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. In 1984, he received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for exceptional success in prosecuting public corruption in Massachusetts.
In a 2011 editorial, “The Judge Who Cracked the Bulger Case,” The New York Times commended Judge Wolf for exposing the corrupt relationship between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and its Top Echelon Organized Crime informant James “Whitey” Bulger. The editorial stated that: “Judges are supposed to dispense justice but rarely root out crimes. As a result of Judge Wolf’s courage and persistence, there were “high profile hearings in Congress on the F.B.I.’s Use of Murderers as Informants,” an F.B.I. agent was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and “the government paid more than $100 million in claims to families of people murdered by informants shielded by the F.B.I.”
A graduate of Yale College and the Harvard Law School, Judge Wolf is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he teaches a seminar on Combatting Corruption Internationally. In addition, Judge Wolf is a Senior Fellow of the Harvard Carr Center for Human Rights, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Distinguished Non-Resident Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He has frequently spoken on the role of the judge in a democracy, human rights issues, and combatting corruption in foreign countries, including Russia, China, Turkey, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, Egypt, Cyprus, and Panama.