Board of Directors

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Monique Marks

Chair

Monique D. Marks is President & CEO of the historic Franklin-Wright Settlements. Established in 1881, it is the oldest continuous operating settlement house in America today.

A native Detroiter, Monique received her education in the Detroit Public Schools and went on to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Social Work degree from Wayne State University.  Monique’s studies have taken her around the world with the opportunity to live abroad and return home to promote advocacy and change for children and families in the community. 

As a licensed therapist, her role as a non-profit executive extends beyond the board room and into courtrooms, classrooms and communities where she is committed to fostering the social and emotional growth of those she serves. She is married to attorney and pastor, Dr. Bertram Marks, where collectively they work to build capacity and awareness in the community.

Monique has dedicated her life to serving the community with a prolific professional career spanning over 20 years where she has held a myriad of roles. Monique has been committed to humanitarianism by advocating for the prevention, treatment and amelioration of social problems plaguing the citizens of Detroit and the Southeastern region.

Her efforts have been recognized by numerous civic entities and organizations. She is the recipient of the Spirit of Detroit Award, Legacy in Motion Award, Hometown Hero Award, Vanguard recipient and Outstanding Community Ambassador for Results Mentoring. She serves and participates on a multitude of committees, boards and auxiliaries including Leadership Detroit, Midnight Golf, and Community Highlights.

In May, 2018 – Monique was appointed by Detroit Mayor, Michael Duggan, to serve as chair of the Community Education Commission (CEC). The CEC is a non-profit organization whose core mission is to break down barriers that prevent families and children from accessing quality schools in Detroit.

In 2019 – Monique assumed the role of Board Chair for Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.