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Staff Profile: Michael Marks

Michael B. Marks, Ph.D., Managing Associate at Community Science, has over 35 years of experience in senior-level administration, public policy and advocacy, research and evaluation, and direct social service positions primarily in the fields of child welfare, juvenile justice, and youth development. Dr. Marks also has consulted with states and counties and led international work adapting innovative community-based service models within child welfare and probation departments. Prior to joining Community Science, Dr. Marks worked as a Senior Researcher at the American Institutes for Research. In this position, he served as Director for the Organizational Commitments Project for the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. The Organizational Commitments Project involved the development of standards and measures for High Impact Organizations in 10 core areas such as Co-creating with Community, Engaging All Voices, Partnership with Purpose, Advancing Equity, Measuring that Matters, and Leading with Vision. In addition, Dr. Marks was the lead qualitative researcher for an Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention funded study of the Massachusetts Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI), a statewide program to reduce and prevent serious gun violence using a coordinated multisystem approach in 11 cites. The study sought to understand how police involvement in SSYI impacts cultural norms around violence in disadvantaged communities. Dr. Marks also co-led the development of AIR’s Center for Public/Private Partnerships in support of vulnerable populations where he worked to integrate an innovative faith-based intervention within federal SAMSHA-funded systems of care.

As a Managing Associate, Dr. Marks works with staff on program evaluation and building community capacities for innovations designed to change systems and public policy priorities with a focus on eliminating disparities and promoting equity, primarily in the fields of justice and child welfare. He has special interest in promoting and evaluating new models of community reintegration for youth and adults returning from prison, detention, or foster care. Dr. Marks loves travel, the outdoors, and spending time with close friends and family. He is married and has an 11-year-old son who wants to become the next Steph Curry.

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