Joe Marx, senior communications officer, blends his leadership, experience and desire for positive social change to help advance the Foundation’s goal of helping all Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need. He believes that RWJF provides a “unique opportunity and privilege to work with so many people who care deeply about making the world a healthier place to live.” A cancer survivor, Marx praises the Foundation’s leadership in aiming attention, resources and action at our most important health and health care challenges—making a difference in people’s health and quality of life.
Specifically, Marx oversees communications and advocacy strategies and activities for the Foundation’s work in public health to assure that all Americans are safe from health threats and have quality public health services that protect, promote and preserve their health, regardless of who they are or where they live. He manages an extensive, integrated portfolio of programs and communications projects that support and enhance those objectives–including advocacy, consumer research and marketing, public opinion polling, media relations, and public education advertising.
Marx also manages the Foundation’s Broadcast Health Series. The Series, a monthly news feed on the nation’s most pressing health and health care issues, provides information, resources and experts to television and radio stations throughout the country. The Series highlights research, programs and innovative solutions aimed at improving health.
Since joining RWJF in 1995, he helped establish the Foundation’s Connect project to build relationships between Foundation grantees and policy-makers. He also developed the Sports Philanthropy Project, which harnesses the power of professional sports to improve health and strengthen communities, and now serves as a member of its board of directors.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Marx was manager of public policy communications for the American Heart Association (AHA) where he developed strategies for the AHA’s public policy goals that helped achieve the smoking ban on domestic airline flights, food labeling reform, and increased federal funding for heart and stroke research at the National Institutes of Health. He cites the policy and social norm changes that have saved lives by reducing smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke, and his contribution to that change at AHA and RWJF, as his most significant achievement to date.
Marx has produced documentary films on black history and jazz in Washington, D.C., including the 1987 Emmy award-winning documentary “7th & T,” which aired on PBS. He has worked as a reporter for the Washington City Paper. He also speaks publicly on his personal experience with cancer.
Marx received a BA degree from Boston College.
A New Jersey native, he resides in Lawrenceville with his wife, Eileen, a journalism and world religion teacher at Notre Dame High School. They have two children. He enjoys music, cycling, reading, and coaching youth sports.