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Family.jpgMark is a New York City Council Member representing the 7th District in Northern Manhattan. He is a progressive policy leader on housing, education, economic justice, transportation, environmentalism, and more.

Mark has been a strong advocate for addressing inequality in New York City. He chairs the City Council’s Committee on Parks and Recreation, where is pushing for greater equity for parks in New York’s low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. He is also a leading voice on affordable housing issues, including the fight to get legal representation for all tenants in housing court. As chair of the City Council’s Jewish Caucus he is focused on combating Jewish poverty in New York City and fostering inter-group relations.

Mark is also a member of the Finance, Education, Housing & Buildings, Government Operations, and Rules committees. He serves on the Council’s Policy Working Group and is a member of the Progressive Caucus. He is Vice Chair of the Progressive Caucus Alliance, which supports progressive candidates running for local office in New York City.

In the 7th Council District Mark has fought for safer streets, faster bus service, better schools, cleaner parks, more affordable housing, and development which fits the scale and context of the neighborhood.

Mark began his career as a bilingual math and science teacher at Junior High School 149 in the South Bronx. He went on to found Neighborhood Trust Federal Credit Union, which helps low-income families in Upper Manhattan gain access to financial services including more than $15 million in microloans. In the years before he entered the City Council, Mark served as Executive Director of Teach For America-New York and as Executive Director of the Center for After-School Excellence at TASC. He has been recognized nationally for his work as a social entrepreneur.

Mark also has long taken a leading role in his community. He was elected as a Democratic district leader in 2007. He also founded the Barack Obama Democratic Club of Upper Manhattan, a diverse grassroots organization focused on progressive activism and political reform. Mark served as chair of the Traffic and Transportation Committee on Manhattan Community Board 12 where he called for improved subway and bus service and championed the cause of making streets safer for bicyclists.

Mark graduated from Haverford College with a B.A. in physics. He received a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Mark resides with his wife and their two sons in Washington Heights and he speaks Spanish and Hebrew.