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Martin J. Blank

Martin J. Blank

Senior Fellow

Marty is senior fellow and was IEL's president and the director of IEL's Coalition for Community Schools until he retired in 2017. He has been associated with IEL since 1985, focusing his work on building bridges between schools and other institutions with assets that can support student success.

Marty also serves as the director of IEL's Coalition for Community Schools. The Coalition is a network of organizations and institutions at the local, state, and national levels working to unite school and communities.

He is the co-author of Making the Difference: Research and Practice in Community Schools, Education and Community Building: Connecting Two Worlds and Together We Can: A Guide for Crafting a Pro-family System of Education and Human Services.

Marty stays involved with local activities in the District of Columbia. He is the former chair of D.C. VOICE, an education reform collaborative, and of the Management Team of the Early Childhood Collaborative. He has a B.A. from Columbia University, 1965, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He served as a VISTA Volunteer in the Missouri Bootheel.