NONPROFIT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & PUBLIC RELATIONS EXECUTIVE
New Program & Service Development - Engagement Management - Strategic Planning & Market Growth
Relationship-driven, visionary executive with more than 10 years of proven success in leading and developing community programs and services, setting growth and expansion for public and nonprofit corporations through operational best practices in economic development, staff and resource optimization, and innovative marketing strategies that impact policies and drive program objectives.
President & CEO
Instilled new sense of direction and pioneered series of growth strategies to reposition organization for success. Developed comprehensive business-plan and built solid infrastructure to adequately meet diverse organizational needs. Held decision-making authority for establishing service operations, fiscal and budget management, market expansion, government affairs, and policy development.
President & CEO
Founder and driving force behind a nonprofit organization dedicated to building public awareness and promoting policy solutions and education regarding causes of environmental health hazards. Delegated and managed multiple priorities directed toward implementing change. Developed expertise in a wide range of policy arenas working with advocates to support and advance the objectives of the organization through cutting-edge research and legislative analyses.
Advocate on behalf of local residents seeking improvements in public safety; oversee various City departments and participate in public street events to ensure traffic enforcement.
Serve as the forefront of a registered-voting base of 450,000 residents, while supervising activities of nearly 4,000 Poll Workers, Election Inspectors, District Leads, and Deputy Sheriffs.
Marks Brothers Motors, LLC
Fouder & Small Business Owner
Launched and established a local luxury automobile dealership focused on selling high-end car brands. Developed business operation from ground zero, working end-to-end through each pre-growth phase from licensing and inventory to staff recruitment and marketing.
Supported Senator Edward Kennedy in all administrative processes and provided briefings to ensure consistency in daily schedules.
2010-2011, San Francisco, CA
MA - Public Affairs and Practical Politics
- Writing for Political Professionals
- San Francisco Urban Politics
- Urban Public Policy
- Strategic Communications
- Leadership for the Common Good
- Nonprofits and Public Policy
- Public Affairs and Democratic Accountability
- Research Methods and Applied Statistics
- Campaign Theory and Practice
- Beyond Bridges – Israel/Palestine
2001-2005, Boulder, CO
BA - Political Science and Philosophy of Law
- Public Speaking
- Communication/Interaction Skills
- Social Constructs of Femininity
- Ethics: Honors
- Quantitative Reasoning/Math Skills
- Business – Internet
- Profiles of American Enterprise
- American Political Thought
- Western Political Thought
- Principles of Microeconomics
- Principles of Macroeconomics
- History of the US Since 1865
- Physics in Everyday Life
- American Political Systems
- Masterpieces of American Literature
- World Regional Geography
- Intro to International Relations
- Environmental Systems – Climate
- Social and Political Philosophy
- Intro to Comparative Politics
- Politics and Literature
- History of Modern Philosophy
- The Judicial System
- Seminar in Political Theory
- The Politics of Ideas
- Environmental Systems
- Twentieth-Century Philosophy
- American Foreign Policy
- Western European Politics
- Contemporary Philosophical Discourse
- International Economics and Policy
Toni Stein is an Environmental Engineer with a PhD and seven years of experience in industry bringing a scientific engineering perspective to research and development in manufacturing industry applications. Toni has six years of experience working for the State of California in, the Department of Public Health in the Indoor Air Quality Program and in the Department of General Services in the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program. She has been deeply involved in the development of many sustainability standards for a variety of products and their life cycle phases.
Toni has also has served on a number of boards and Commissions including the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Hearing Board, and the Solid Waste Advisory Board in San Mateo County. She co-founded the Zero Waste Task Force of San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Benito County in California a project of the non-profit Acterra and more recently co-founded of the Eastbay Citizens Climate Lobby working to develop nationwide GHG policies.
Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment
"Zach has demonstrated real ability to communicate with a wide assortment of people in an effective fashion and has shown industry, responsibility and innovation in his work. He is an energetic and bright person who will be productive and effective in any position in which he is given responsibility."
David Carpenter serves as director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at UAlbany's School of Public Health. He previously served as director of the Wadsworth Laboratory of the New York State Department of Health. Carpenter was recently named to New York's Renewable Energy Task Force, charged with implementing plans to reduce electricity use through new energy efficiency programs in industry and government. Carpenter, who received his doctorate from Harvard Medical School, has 220 publications, 37 reviews and book chapters and 12 other publications to his credit.
Nobel Prize Laureate and Author
"For the past two years, I've been working with Zack Marks on a variety of projects. He is exceptionally bright, diligent, creative, and innovative. He knows the rapidly evolving world of social media and knows how to present complicated ideas in ways people can comprehend them. He single handedly (and against great odds) organized and conducted an important public symposium at his university on the issue of the right to know about cell phones. He's testified before public hearings and founded the California Brain Tumor Association. I've written about Zack in my new book. His family is an inspiration. Zack knows how to work within system constraints and how to change them. He is also a mensch. Please know that I recommend him most highly."
“As the family struggled with the bleak prospects, they learned that Alan (Marks) was not alone. Just ten days after Alan got the devastating news, Senator Ted Kennedy had a major convulsive seizure and faced the very same diagnosis – a glioma of the brain. The Markses’ son Zack had just finished interning with the senator. He remembered the hours he had seen the senator with his cell phone held next to his head. Zack had a sinking feeling that there might be some connection between his dad’s diagnosis and that of Senator Kennedy. He soon learned that the Kennedy family had strong suspicions that the senator’s tumor was in some way connected to his cell phone use.” - Davis, Devra L. Disconnect. New York: Penguin Group, 2010. Print
Devra Lee Davis is an American epidemiologist and writer. Her career has spanned all areas of academia, public policy, and scientific research. While Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services, she counseled leading officials in the United States, United Nations, European Environment Agency, Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization, and World Bank. She has also authored more than 190 publications in books and journals. Devra co-founded the Environmental Health Trust in 2007.
Chair of NCNC Conference Inclusion Task Force
"Zack Marks has an engaged leadership style in his new responsibility of leading as the Chairperson of the Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee of the City and County of San Francisco. That he has approached pedestrian safety in a proactive way reflects his blessed intention and methodology."
Senior Research Fellow
"Zack is an extraordinarily capable young man who I have seen carry out several complex programs to completion without a hitch and each had a stellar result."
Director: Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States (CBTRUS)
Member: Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS)
Member: Brain Tumor Epidemiology Consortium (BTEC)
Member: University of California, San Franciso
Retired Electronic Engineer and Political Activist
Independent Education Management Professional
"Zack is well organized, thoughtful, conscientious and very hard-working. After being appointed to the Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee with only one year of service, he was voted in as Chair. That means he had the confidence of the entire committee. I believe this young man will do well at anything to which he sets his mind. Zack is highly intelligent, well organized and committed to pedestrian safety.
Zack has increased the size of the PSAC by getting many of the vacant positions on the committee filled.. He's reached out to to the Mayor's office, the Chief of Police, SFMTA and other important agencies to make sure that someone from each department reports before our committee every month. At the beginning of each meeting, Zack reads out the names and ages of the people injured or killed that month on our dangerous streets. Believe me this brings the issue home.
Zack even created an Education Subcommittee to look at various ways to improve walking and safety in the City.. He's a visionary and has been working to increase the influence and visibility of PSAC. He's been working with leading community partners -- i.e. the Mayor's office, Supervisors and departments of Transportation, Planing, Public Works and the Police. Zack works well with people and organizations such as the media. He has a positive attitude and doesn't flinch in the face of opposition as he moves PSAC in new and more positive direction."
Robin Brasso is passionate about protecting the rights of women, the environment, education, single payer universal healthcare, and preserving our democracy. After teaching in public middle schools in San Francisco for 37 years, she has retired to a life dedicated to civic engagement and political activism. As a long-time educator and active in the teacher’s union, Ms. Brasso has a long history of political activism on education and other social issues.
Abraham’s Vision is a conflict transformation organization that explores group and individual identities through experiential and political education. Examining social relations within and between the Jewish, Muslim, Israeli, and Palestinian communities, we empower participants to practice alternatives to the status quo.
Angel's Camp is a replicable, self-sustaining, and entrepreneurial system of homeless rehabilitation centers. We address the root causes of homelessness in a revolutionary way -- by combining profitable business operations with treatment, housing, and training facilities. We connect local business and academic groups to provide a unique program of support to build a ladder-up out of homelessness.
Environmental Health Trust educates individuals, health professionals and communities about controllable environmental health risks and policy changes needed to reduce those risks. Currently, EHT focuses on raising awareness on the negative impacts of unsafe cell phone use and performing cutting edge research on cell phone radiation.
MEPEACE is a network for peace with thousands of peacemakers and millions of page visits on mepeace.org. This network is designed to:
(1) Exemplify peace and realize peace online and on the ground,
(2) Empower people and orgs with interaction, information and inspiration, and
(3) Enable a movement for peace with internet and networking technologies.
Founded in 1868, the SF SPCA is a community-supported nonprofit dedicated to saving, protecting and caring for cats and dogs. The SF SPCA runs an animal assisted therapy dog program.
“Stay strong and courageous. Your work is of great importance.”
- California State Senator Mark Leno -
I am in awe of you, Zack. You are going to do great things.
Zachary, your ability to turn such a tragedy into selfless advocacy speaks volumes.
My young daughter of 20 months will not be getting a cell phone because
of the knowledge I have because of people like you.
Thank you, thank you.
Let me assure you, that your willingness to not be silent is an inspiration.
May you be blessed with strength and inscribed in the book of life.
Take good care of yourself, Zack.
What a bold act of love, and of regaining power for the family.
You will make the difference you seek.
Zachary – I appreciate your efforts and commend your strength.
Keep on speaking, keep on fighting.
You are right, the crazy ones do bring about change !
Thank you very much for taking the time to inform me.
I will help you with your path to educate as many people that I know.
Your website is amazing !
I sent it to everyone on my email list.
It’s easy to navigate and so well written and informative.
You have my deep admiration for educating the public about the dangers of cell phones.
Thank you Zachary for what you’re doing.
I visited your website and bookmarked it and will use it as a reference point in my book.
I can promise you that.
CABTA is phenomenal and a tribute to your father, Zack.
You are surviving, and you are thriving
through your determination to make a difference.
My heart is with you.
The contents of your letter and the website are so well written, powerful and tragic.
I am so proud that you went to DC.
God bless you for your activism and courage.
I am pleased you are in this battle for the long term.
I know the past years and coming months have been hard you,
but your message will help others I know…
that’s something to be proud of.
I’m proud of your efforts!
Keep up the good fight.
I will have a heart to heart with my children.
Zack…the ripple effect of your positive and bold action will be felt around the world.
Most people take their anger and their sorrow and spin a cocoon around themselves.
But your site has something I’ve never seen before.
It’s the first website of this sort that I’ve visited and had an immediate emotional response to.
Is it the photos or the font or the music?
It’s all of that and something intangible that tells me Zack is a deep and thoughtful man.
He is taking his pain and using it for good,
and that guarantees his eventual healing.
Your website blew me away and I cried as read each section.
It is powerful — especially knowing this comes from the victim’s son.
Zack – Just a note to let you know you and your family are in our prayers.
We are praying for a full recovery of course, we are also praying that God will bring
peace and comfort to you and your family during your period of healing.
What a terrifying ordeal to be forced to experience.
The web site is really amazing.
What a great job – again.
I was touched by the fact that you have created this website,
which I have visited and I think it is great !!!!
I have read many articles.
I think it is awesome you have done that, in support of your Dad
and I really like the shot on the front with you and your Dad a long time ago.
I am filled with pride over your testimony yet saddened for
what you have been and will be going through.
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
I am a firm believer that God has placed this burden on you for a reason,
and I think that reason is because you have the guts to do the battle that needs to be done.
I know for myself, you have enlightened me on a mission to
protect myself and most of all my kids from over-use of a cell phone.
Your testimony was powerful and a definite memorable moment in the hearing.
Thanks so much. I will be forwarding your website to all my family and friends.
Incredible, your poise, openness and compassion in telling your story
and the risks associated with cell phone use was amazing.
Thanks so much for being such a wonderful example.
I doubt many folks I know would have the courage to do what you are doing.
Thank you for your work, keep on getting louder!
I think it’s great what you are doing for families of brain cancer patients.
We are Californians, but have lived in Eastern WA since 1981.
I wish WA had something like your organization. We had no one to help us.
Founded in 2008, the California Brain Tumor Association is a leading non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to safeguarding public health. We contend that it is inexcusable to allow technological advances invented to enrich our lives rob us of our lives instead.