Erica Marks joined SUNY New Paltz as vice president for Development & Alumni Relations in November 2013. Marks reports to the president and serves on the College's senior leadership team. She leads all fundraising activities including Soaring Higher, the College’s first-ever fundraising campaign, which concluded successfully in June 2021. Marks also oversees alumni relations and serves as executive director of the SUNY New Paltz Foundation.
Prior to her appointment at New Paltz, Marks served as interim vice president of Development & Alumni Relations at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her nearly 40-year fundraising career includes senior and leadership positions at a range of educational, social, and arts organizations including Columbia University School of the Arts, New York City Opera, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, The Actors Fund, AFS-USA and Washington D.C.'s Arena Stage. She serves in a volunteer capacity as advisor to the founder of Denizen Theatre Company in New Paltz, NY.
Marks earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Maharishi International University in Fairfield, Iowa, a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from New York University, and a Certificat D’Etudes Supérieures de la Langue Française from the Université Paris-Sarbonne. She is conversant in French, Spanish and Norwegian. She lives in Kingston, N.Y. with her husband, the artist Dan George.