Jay B. Marks, Ph.D. is a widely-respected educator who has been in education since 1991, where he began his career as a Special Education Teacher at Northern High School with the Detroit Public School System. During his career he has served as a classroom teacher for 17 years with both Detroit and Southfield Public School Systems, as well as an educational consultant on the local and national level. Most recently, Dr. Marks worked as a Diversity & Equity Consultant with Oakland Schools (the Intermediate School District in Oakland County, Michigan) where he served and supported the diversity, equity, and inclusion needs of the 28 school districts within Oakland County. He is highly sought after for his work in the area of equity focused on Anti-Racism, Social Justice, Cultural Proficiency, Courageous Conversations about Race, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Educating African American Males, and Student Engagement. In addition to his professional work in the field of education, he has been mentoring youth since 1989, and has started several mentoring programs in the Metropolitan Detroit Area as a result of his experiences. Currently, Dr. Marks is an independent consultant in the area of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice on the local and national level.
His academic credentials include a B.S. degree from Western Michigan University (1990), M.A. degree from University of Detroit Mercy (1995), and an Education Specialist Certificate (1997) and Ph.D. (2005) in Curriculum and Instruction both from Wayne State University. As a graduate student, Dr. Marks studied abroad at Oxford University in Oxford, England as a student in their British Studies Program.
Dr. Marks is an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and the proud father of two beautiful daughters, Amari and Jalia.