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Prior to joining Youth ALIVE! in 2010, Anne Marks had worked as a substance abuse counselor, a welfare and prison rights advocate, a nonprofit program manager, a press officer, a grantwriter, and an organizer. On the local, state, and national level, Anne has strived to bring resources to underserved communities and be a voice for those who often go unheard. Anne brings her passion for change and the Oakland community to her role at Youth ALIVE!. She also serves as Treasurer for the Health Alliance for Violence Intervention, the international network of hospital-based violence intervention programs that Youth ALIVE! founded.
Anne found her Oakland roots in the 1990’s when she completed a two-year internship supporting Head Start and other community programs at the Oakland Office of Health and Human Services. Nearly ten years later, she returned to city government, implementing Project Choice – a federally funded program for juvenile and young adult prisoners who were coming home to Oakland. She later served as the lead planner implementing Oakland’s violence prevention programs funded by Measure Y, a local anti-violence tax measure.
In her position, Anne helped launch a number of new initiatives, including: the Parolee Job Fair, Reentry Housing strategy, a training series for frontline violence prevention workers (including Youth ALIVE! staff) and the Street Outreach program. Street Outreach was one component of Oakland’s Crisis Response and Support Network, which also included services for families and friends of homicide victims provided by the Khadafy Washington Foundation for Non-Violence, for whom Anne later served on the Board. From its inception, one of the key programs funded by Measure Y was Youth ALIVE!’s Caught in the Crossfire program.
In addition to social services, Anne has been involved in political and communications work at the local, state, and national level. She was a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State under Colin Powell, resigning her position with the onset of the war in Iraq. She later served as a spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee in Oregon during the 2004 presidential campaign.
In 2001, as a National Congress for Community Economic Development fellow, Anne led a successful effort to establish the first community-based prison reentry housing facility in Brooklyn, NY. In 2004, Anne was appointed by Mayor Newsom to the San Francisco Homeless Planning Council and helped to design the city’s anti-homelessness strategy.
Anne received a B.A. in Economics and History from U.C. Berkeley, completed graduate work at the University of Cambridge, England, and received a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard, focusing on strategic management and public relations.
A long time fan of Youth ALIVE! even before joining the organization, Anne shares its long-term commitment to ending youth violence through implementing a public health model of prevention, intervention and healing.
Also an avid basketball fan and an part-time trivia host, Anne is grateful to be part of the YA family!