Michael T. Marino, MPA has spent his professional career in the non-profit and higher education sectors. He has raised countless of millions of dollars through his experience in fundraising and special events. He has worked with Miller, Zeichik and Associates as part of the production team responsible for producing the annual AIDS Walk and Dance-a-thon events in multiple cities across America. He was a Development Officer for Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) and Director of Major Gifts at Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA), New York State’s LGBT civil rights and advocacy organization. During his four years at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) as their first ever Associate Director of Development, Michael grew their major donor campaign from 100 donors giving approximately $125,000 to 350 donors giving nearly $500,000 – a 300% increase. Under Michael’s four-year tenure as the Managing Development Director at Point Foundation, the national LGBTQ scholarship fund, the organization received a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator and was listed as one of the Top 10 Non-Profits in terms of revenue growth by the Movement Advancement Project.
Michael has spent over a decade working in higher education with a focus on sponsored research administration. He was the Associate Director at New York University’s (NYU) Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies (CHIBPS), a behavioral research center that conducts formative and intervention based research in the areas of health, identity, and disease prevention, with an emphasis on the HIV and drug abuse epidemics. During his time at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture Education and Human Development Michael held the positions of Administrator and Chief Budget Officer for the Department of Applied Psychology, Director of Administrative Services and Facilities, and most recently Director of Research. Michael is currently the Director of Research and Operations at the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR).
Outside of his professional career, Michael founded and runs a non-profit group called Friends of Corlears Hook Park that helps preserve, beautify, and maintain a public park located on the Lower East Side of the City of New York, Corlears Hook Park, for the benefit of the general public and Lower East Side residents and visitors. He also helps foster rescue dogs through Waggytail Rescue. Michael holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pace University and a Masters of Public Administration from the New York University Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.