Hans Mayer Jewish Communal Professional Award
Dena Marks is the Senior Associate Director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Southwest Regional Office, where she has worked for more than 20 years. Her main responsibility at ADL is publicity, but she also serves as a liaison with law enforcement, facilitates various training sessions, coordinates regional fact finding, handles some discrimination complaints, staffs ADL’s International Affairs Committee, Security Committee and coordinates interfaith security issues for the region. Dena is the point person on hate crimes for ADL in the Southwest region. She has helped advocate for stronger hate crime laws, has trained law enforcement officers and others on hate crimes and extremism, and has worked with the targets of hate to respond to incidents and crimes. Dena is a gifted writer and has written columns for the Jewish Herald Voice, composes ADL’s regional newsletter and manages its regional website.
Before joining the ADL in April of 1999, she spent 21 years in television news. She has worked as a group exercise instructor, personal trainer, freelance writer, waitress, janitor, and for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and has been volunteered for decades as a docent for Holocaust Museum Houston and a reader for Sight into Sound. She is a native Houstonian.