Domestic violence commission names director

The Bellingham Business Journal

The Bellingham-Whatcom County Commission Against Domestic Violence has named Susan Marks as its new director. She began work for the commission Oct. 6.

Marks has worked in the fields of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse for more than eight years, previously working as the executive director of the Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth in Flagstaff, Ariz., where she revitalized the organization and its membership base and advocated at the local, state and regional state levels.

“We are fortunate to have been able to recruit Susan for this leadership position in our county’s effort to address domestic violence,” said Rebecca Johnson, DV Commission chair who served on the hiring committee. “Susan brings a level of passion and leadership experience needed to help our community work toward improving our systems and the ultimate goal of ending domestic violence.”

Marks is originally from Ohio, where she earned a degree in social work from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She has a master’s degree in sustainable communities from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz.

The Bellingham-Whatcom County Commission on Domestic Violence was created by a Bellingham-Whatcom County joint resolution in 1998 to provide leadership in the community’s effort to reduce and prevent domestic violence and promote a coordinated community response to domestic violence. To learn more about the Commission, visit

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