NCSL Center for Ethics in Government Staff


Photo of Mark Quiner.Mark Quiner is the director of the Center for Ethics in Government. Mark previously served as the acting director and assistant director of the nonpartisan Wyoming Legislative Service Office for the Wyoming Legislature where he worked for 26 years. Quiner graduated from the University of Wyoming School of Law and has been an attorney for more than 30 years. Following law school, he worked in the Wyoming Supreme Court for Chief Justice C. Stuart Brown, and then served as assistant attorney general for the state of Wyoming before working for the Wyoming Legislature. Quiner is the father of one grown son.


Contact Mark at 303-364-7700 or


Photo of Nicholas Birdsong, Policy Associate in the Center for Ethics in Government.Policy Specialist Nicholas Birdsong provides ethics-based research and analysis in the National Conference of State Legislature’s Center for Ethics in Government. Additionally, he assists NCSL's Center for Legislative Strengthening on various projects and manages administrative aspects of Continuing Legal Education programming for the annual Legislative Summit. Before joining NCSL as a policy associate in 2017, Nicholas assisted with faculty research and helped teach legal skills courses at the University of Kansas School of Law. He previously served as a legislative intern in the Kansas House and Senate. Nicholas holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Washburn University.



Contact Nicholas at 303-856-1451 or