Dr. Cohen-Marks is a former Assistant Professor in LMU’s Urban Studies Program. In her previous work with the Leavey Center, she has helped in the design, implementation, and analysis of voter surveys and public opinion polls. Prior to joining the faculty at LMU, Dr. Cohen-Marks was post-doctoral fellow at the University of Southern California and at the Environmental Careers Organization/Irvine Foundation’s Sustainable Communities Leadership Program, where she contributed to a report for the California State Assembly’s Commission on State and Local Finance.
She has served as a consultant for several local organizations, such as Los Angeles World Airports and the Southern California Association of Governments. Active in community organizations, Dr. Cohen-Marks serves on the boards of directors of One LA-IAF and of Peace Over Violence, and she was a founding board member of Hollywood Arts, a non-profit academy for homeless youth and teens in Los Angeles.
Dr. Cohen-Marks received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from UCLA and her B.A. in Political Science (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude) from Colorado College.