Lester Marks

vice president

Lester Marks: vice president nonprofitsLester works with Kasirer’s non-profit clients to develop and implement client strategy for budget appropriations, policy and legislative proposals, and relationship building with key government officials. Prior to joining Kasirer, Lester was most recently the Director of Government Affairs and Administration at Lighthouse Guild where he oversaw and implemented the organization’s government affairs agenda on a federal, state and city level. In this capacity he established strong relationships with key government officials, managed outside government affairs consultants, pursued various public finding opportunities, and successfully advanced the organization’s public policy agenda. Lester led the effort to ensure that New York City’s 13,000 yellow taxi-cab fleet was accessible for people who are blind or visually impaired, improved the accessibility of traffic signaling and city streets, and secured more than a $1.5 million dollars in public funding for a variety of programmatic initiatives.

Previously, Lester served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Council Member James Vacca, where he directed the office’s legislative and policy initiatives, and worked closely on the city’s budget process. As the liaison between nonprofit organizations and the Council Member, Lester oversaw the office’s internal budget process, and worked closely with human service advocates on a variety of public policy priorities.

Lester holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Pace University, a BA from Manhattan College, and will be awarded a Juris Doctorate from New York Law School in May 2019.