Bio of Joel Marks


Joel Marks is the founder and executive director of the American Small Business Alliance and American Small Business Alliance Education Fund.

Joel brings to this role more than 10 years of business, political and media experience. Prior to founding the ASBA, he worked as an independent writer, researcher, grassroots organizer and political consultant. His clients included the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, MTV/Rock the Vote, the Body Shop and then-exiled Haitian President Juan-Bertrand Aristide.

He also has worked on a variety of political campaigns, including Harvey Gantt's 1990 U.S. Senate race (N.C.), Harris Wofford's 1991 U.S. Senate race (Pa.), Bob Kerrey's 1992 Presidential campaign, and small business owner Paul Kilker's 1992 Congressional race (York, Pa.).

After the 1992 campaign, he worked as a public relations and political consultant to Kilker and his high-tech company. It was through this experience that Joel first recognized the need for a new, sensible voice for the small business community.

Previous to his campaign work, he spent time at U.S. Newswire and Renew America in Washington, D.C., in addition to KRON-TV in San Francisco and the Oakland (Calif.) Public School District.

Joel is a native of Sunnyvale, Calif., and a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with a double major in political science and mass communications.