Benjamin Marks

Senior Program Officer

Benjamin Marks joined First Nations Development Institute in 2012. He conducts research and publishes reports on economic development, political and social issues impacting Native Americans and Native communities. He also leads and performs the program evaluation efforts for a variety of First Nations projects. Additionally, Benjamin manages First Nations’ financial empowerment and asset-building projects, as well as many youth projects.
Previously, Benjamin worked at Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps as a data analyst for the Behavioral Health Branch, where he compiled, analyzed and reported on behavioral health indicators for Marines and their families. He also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at Rural Dynamics, Inc. in Montana, where he developed a financial education program for low-income Montanans that is now being utilized throughout the region, and worked closely with the Montana Financial Education Coalition performing communications and outreach.

Benjamin received his M.A. in sociology from the University of California, Riverside in 2012, and graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2008 with a B.A. in sociology. He works out of First Nations’ Fredericksburg, Virginia field office.


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July 25, 2014

White House and USDA to Honor Champions of Change for Agriculture

Native Arts Capacity Building Initiative

The goal of the Native Arts Capacity Building Initiative (NACBI) is to increase the organizational, managerial and programmatic capacity of Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal government programs supporting the field of Native arts and artists

Advancing Positive Paths for Native American Boys & Young Men

The “Advancing Positive Paths for Native American Boys and Young Men” program is aimed at improving education and employment outcomes for middle school and high school Native boys and young men.


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