Kenosha's Katherine Marks Appointed to Wisconsin Partnership Program

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Alderwoman Katherine Marks, appointed to Wisconsin Partnership ProgramMADISON - Katherine Marks (pictured), an alderwoman in Kenosha's 8th District and CEO of United Way of Kenosha County, will add the Wisconsin Partnership Program to her already impressive resume.


The University of Wisconsin Regents named Marks to the UW School of Medicine and Public Health Oversight and Advisory Committee as a public member representing urban health during their February meeting.

Formed by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health in 2003, the Wisconsin Partnership Program awards grants for research, education, and community-based interventions to address Wisconsin's public health needs.


Comprising members of the public, state government, and the university, the Oversight and Advisory Committee (OAC) administers community-academic partnerships aimed at making Wisconsin a healthier state for all. Since 2004, the OAC has supported more than 100 collaborations throughout the state.


Marks has been a member of the OAC's Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families Steering Committee since its establishment in January 2009, and was recently appointed co-chair. This initiative started with a $10 million commitment from the OAC to address Wisconsin's high rate of African-American infant mortality.


Marks has spent three decades in public service. She joined the Kenosha Common Council in April 1992, becoming the first woman of color elected to public office in Kenosha County. She served as president of the council in 2000-2001. Marks is active in a number of community organizations, both in her capacity as an alderwoman and on a volunteer basis. Marks spent 25 years in the finance division of Snap-On Incorporated before joining the United Way in 2005.

Date Published: 02/15/2010

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