Markus is a Ph.D. student studying Educational Administration with research interests in urban schooling, multiculturalism, youth empowerment, social justice, intersectionality, and community-based participatory research.
Originally from Rochester, NY, Markus relocated to New York City to pursue graduate school where he received two advanced degrees from Columbia University; a Masters of Public Administration 2015 (M.P.A.), and a Masters of Adult Education and Leadership 2019 (E.d.M.).
Markus' leadership experience includes performance coaching for executives and managers, and training small business owners to become certified as MWBE contractors. From 2013 to the present, Markus has worked as a performance coach and human resources developer with broad responsibilities, including supporting Mayor DeBlasio’s vision of more minority- and women-owned businesses. Markus has worked at Columbia University, where he has served as a consultant to the NYC Department of Education and the NYC Department of Corrections, where he Co-designed and successfully executed a $1.2 million management development program to benefit DOC stakeholders.