Suzy Marks

Philanthropist/Community Activist

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Suzy Marks has devoted her life to community activism. With her husband, Wally Marks, she worked on everything from living wage campaigns to health care and campaign finance reform to Families to Amend California’s Three Strikes Law (FACTS) and immigrant rights. She played an instrumental role in the creation of NewGround, a Muslim/Jewish partnership designed to foster closer ties between Jews and Muslims in Southern California.  She shared a deep dissatisfaction with Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territory and brought speakers to Los Angeles from the Middle East.

After Wally’s death in 2009, Ms. Marks continued her engagement, which reflects her deeply felt belief that none of us can function effectively on our own.  “While I may fervently want there to be a living wage, job programs, affordable housing, clean air for the port truck drivers and healthy food for the disadvantaged, there is no way that I can begin to do any of this on my own,” she says. “None of us can. We need organizations that will do what needs to be done.”

In addition to LAANE, Ms. Marks supports many organizations, including Leo Baeck Temple and its Community of Elders program, the Liberty Hill Foundation, Consumer Watchdog, Progressive Jewish Alliance, the ACLU, Women Against Gun Violence, CLUE (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice), NewGround, The Media Line, FACTS, CAST (Coalition Against Slavery and Trafficking), Peace Now, J Street and Office of the Americas, and is an Overseer of the Hebrew Union College/Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles.

Together with Wally she raised four wonderful children and six loving grandchildren.