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Nina Marks

Nina Marks

Specialities
  • College Admissions

Nina Marks founded Marks Education in 2004. The following year, Nina founded a non-profit organization, Collegiate Directions, Inc., to raise awareness about college access, financial aid, and college readiness for low-income students.

Prior to her career as an educational advisor, Nina worked as an independent school teacher and administrator for more than 30 years. After years as an English teacher at the National Cathedral School, Nina became NCS’s Director of College Guidance in 1992. During her tenure, she created and directed a nationally recognized college guidance program and wrote the National Cathedral School College Handbook, which was copyrighted and sold. In 2002, she assumed additional responsibilities as Assistant Head.

Before becoming NCS’s Director of College Guidance, Nina served for 10 years as a member of Harvard University’s Schools and Scholarships Committee. She also participated in Brown University’s Alumni College Advising Program. Nina was educated in India, the United Kingdom, and at Harvard, where she graduated magna cum laude in English.

Nina is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and for several years served as co-director of NACAC’s program on Counseling for Selective College Admission, an annual workshop to facilitate communication between experienced high school counselors and college deans and directors of admission. She is also a member of the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling. She has spoken on issues relating to U.S. and international college admissions at national conferences, including NACAC, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and the National Association of Independent Schools. Nina also has participated in regional and local events sponsored by such organizations as the Association of Independent Maryland Schools, the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington, and the Parents Council of Washington.

Nina devotes considerable time to non-profit work, focusing especially support for Collegiate Directions, Inc. (CDI). She also enjoys reading fiction and non-fiction, walking outdoors, and spending time with all three generations of her family, including everyone’s dogs.

Nina’s availability is limited, but she does meet with students and families on an hourly basis, both virtually and in-person at the Bethesda, MD, Washington, DC, and McLean, VA offices of Marks Education.