“Over several decades, I have worked with many development firms and individuals to raise funds for various not for profit organizations, but few, if any, have matched the caliber of S.T. Marx + Associates. The members of our Board and I at Youth Counseling League appreciate the professionalism and effectiveness with which Susan works, as well as the fact that she is available, approachable and responsive to the needs of our programs. Not only does she initiate suggestions for new sources of funding, but also involves us in both the approach and the follow through. Susan is one of those rare professionals who does what she says she will do and produces results.”

Alana Frumkes
Board Member and Co-Chair
Youth Counseling League


Susan T. Marx, Principal, founded S.T. Marx + Associates in 1980, after working at a variety of non-profits, which included the Legal Aid Society and Recording for the Blind. Since that time, her company has raised millions of dollars for the benefit of social service, health, education and arts organizations.

She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and attended New York University School of Law. Susan received the Alumni Award of Merit from the University of Pennsylvania for her outstanding service to the University. It is the highest honor bestowed by Penn Alumni.

She served as President of the Penn Club of New York for three consecutive terms. As immediate Past President, she continues as a member of its Board and Executive Committee. Susan also volunteers on the Board of the Club’s newly created Foundation. With over 5,000 members worldwide, the Club assists and promotes the University of Pennsylvania’s interests. Susan spearheaded a year-long celebration of the Club’s 20th Anniversary with a successful membership drive, the revitalization of programming and member benefits, and a renewed sense of community. She also led a very successful national search process which placed a new General Manager at the Club.

Susan served on the Advisory Board of the Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice and Research at the University of Pennsylvania. The Center is a collaboration among various faculties at Penn -- social work, law, medicine and nursing. By integrating the talents of distinguished faculty and practitioners, it creatively addresses the critical issues facing the child welfare system.

Susan was chosen for membership in the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women at the University of Pennsylvania, which supports and promotes the advancement of women and women’s issues within the University. She has been the Council’s Fundraising Committee Chair and Chair of its Grants Committee. This Committee considers myriad requests and awards grants which have made a lasting impact on student initiatives, faculty retention and the quality of life on campus.

Several years ago, she established the Susan T. Marx Distinguished Lecture Series at the Arthur Ross Gallery on the University campus, intended to inspire Penn students across disciplines to develop an interest or a passion for art. Dr. Johnnetta Cole, former Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art, gave the inaugural lecture. Subsequent speakers have included Jaume Plensa, internationally renowned sculptor; David Driskell, artist, professor and scholar in the field of African American art; and Liliana Porter, an Argentinian multi-media artist whose work is in the collection of major museums.  William Kentridge, a world renowned South African artist who is internationally acclaimed for his drawings, films, theatre and opera productions was last year’s speaker. Because of its success, Susan has endowed the Lecture Series to ensure its life in perpetuity.

Susan was appointed to the Directors Council of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The Council assists the Museum Director on topics of importance to the institution's strategic and business plans. Issues include branding, long range planning, maximizing meaningful student engagement, and making the museum accessible to non-traditional audiences. 

Susan has been a member of the Board of Women in Development, New York and facilitated its strategic planning retreat. She participated on its Luncheon Programs Committee. She also served on the Board of Transfair, USA, an organization which works toward community empowerment for farmers and consumers in developing regions.

In her spare time, Susan is an avid sculptor and stone carver.

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