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Julie Marks

Instructor, Consultant & Founder, VMG

Julie Marks
Julie K, Marks

Julie Marks is the Founder and President of Volunteer Management Group. She serves as a consultant to VMG's clients and instructor in VMG's training programs. Julie has over twelve years' experience in workplace volunteerism and philanthropic programming. As a former member of the Office of Corporate Engagement at Goldman Sachs, Julie was instrumental in designing, implementing and developing the firm's employee volunteer program("CommunityTeamWorks"), encompassing 45 offices globally and mobilizing 17,000 volunteers in 1,200 projects annually. After 9/11, she organized 60 projects partnering with the American Red Cross, providing over 600 Goldman Sachs volunteers an opportunity to serve meals to rescue workers at Ground Zero. Julie managed the Goldman Sachs United Way Campaign and the Educational Matching Gifts Program.

In 2003, Julie established Volunteer Management Group to assist companies and nonprofits in developing meaningful and cost-effective philanthropy and volunteer programs. Her past projects include project manager for CIBC World Markets Miracle Day, project manager for the Merrill Lynch Atlantic Fellowship, and assistant event producer for the New York City Share Your Heart Volunteer Fair

Julie conceived, developed, directs and teaches VMG's Certificate Programs in Volunteer Program Management, Nonprofit Management, Grant Writing, Corporate Philanthropy, Fundraising and Social Media, all offered online and in the classroom at University Settlement at the Houston Street Center in Manhattan. Julie conceived, coordinates and directs VMG's Volunteer Management for Nonprofits Conference, and Grant Writing for Nonprofit Professionals Conference held annually. Through VMG's Certificate programs and conferences, Julie aims to bring to individuals an exceptionally empowering and motivating educational experience.

During high school, Julie developed an affinity for Japanese language, culture and cuisine. In 1998, she embarked on a life-changing journey in leaving the rural Pennsylvania farm where she grew up and traveled to Yokohama, Japan as a Rotary International Exchange student. At this time, English was rarely spoken in Japan and Julie learned to speak Japanese. She returned to the U.S. with the intention to pursue a degree in Japanese and return back to Japan to teach. She received a B.A. in Japanese and a Certificate in East Asian Studies from the University of Pittsburgh in May, 1994. Upon college graduation, Julie returned to Yokohama, Japan as an English instructor in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program("JET Program").

Julie enjoys acting, writing and traveling. In 2003, she completed a Meisner training program at the Ward Studio, NYC and is a member of SAG - AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists).

 

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Julie Marks flanked by Atlantic Fellows,
Wendy De La Rosa (L) and Yuki Fidelko
Merrill Lynch Atlantic Fellowship, London, August 2005

 

 



 

 

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Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation Golf Classic. August 5, 2007

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mayor Bloomberg and Julie Marks, Gracie Mansion, June 14, 2005.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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