About Mark

Community Advocate and Activist
In 2007 Mark was first elected to serve as Democratic District Leader in Northern Manhattan. In the 2008 presidential election he was honored to run on Barack Obama’s slate of delegate candidates. In early 2009 he founded New York City’s newest political club, the Barack Obama Democratic Club of Upper Manhattan, which has quickly become a force for empowering community residents to make their voice heard in local politics. Mark is chair of the Traffic and Transportation Committee of Community Board 12, where he has led calls for improved subway and bus service and advocated and has championed the cause of making streets safer for bicyclists.

A trailblazer in Local Economic Development 
Mark is founder of Upper Manhattan's first and only community development credit union, Neighborhood Trust. The credit union has helped thousands of local low-income residents obtain loans to start businesses, pay for education, and even become owners of their own homes. 

Educator and Non-Profit Leader 
Mark began his career as a bilingual science teacher at JHS149 in the South Bronx. He later served as Executive Director of Teach For America-New York, where he oversaw placement and training of hundreds of high-performing teachers in schools throughout Upper Manhattan and the Bronx. Today he continues his education leadership as Executive Director of the Center for After-School Excellence, a non-profit initiative supporting after-school programs in the Northwest Bronx, Upper Manhattan, and around the five boroughs.

Mark lives in Washington Heights with his wife Ivelisse and their two sons, who attend PS187(look for him on weekends at the Riverdale Soccer League!) He is an active member of the Hebrew Tabernacle synagogue. Mark earned a B.A. in Physics from Haverford College and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University. He is fluent in Spanish.

Thank you for visiting my website!  I am running for New York State Senate because I believe it is time to end the dysfunction in our state capital. Albany has become an embarrassment.   The issues we care about--education,housing, jobs, mass transit--have taken a back seat to drama and ineptitude. We desperately need new leadership.

For nearly two decades I have been working to tackle the most serious challenges facing our district.   As a public school teacher, non-profit leader, parent, housing activist, community board member and more, I have implemented real solutions on the ground for our community.

Our only hope for repairing the disaster in Albany is to break with the status quo and elect new leaders of the highest ethical standard.   That’s why I am running for State Senate, and I invite you to explore this website and get involved in our campaign to bring desperately needed change.


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