Joe Marx, director, program communications, blends his leadership, experience and passion for positive social change to help advance the Foundation’s goal of building a national Culture of Health so that everyone in our diverse society will have the opportunity to live healthier lives. He believes that RWJF provides a “unique opportunity and privilege to work with so many people who care deeply about making the world a healthier place to live.” A cancer survivor, Marx praises the Foundation’s leadership in aiming attention, resources and action at our most pressing health challenges—making a difference in people’s health and quality of life.
Marx oversees an array of communications, marketing and advocacy strategies and activities for the Foundation’s work to improve health including the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and the RWJF Culture of Health Prize. He manages an integrated communications portfolio—including advocacy, consumer research, marketing, public opinion polling, media relations, social and digital media, and public education advertising that supports and enhances the Foundation’s goals.
Since joining RWJF in 1995, he was part of a team that designed the Foundation’s communications and advocacy strategy for tobacco control. He helped establish the Connect project to build relationships between Foundation grantees and policy-makers; the Broadcast Health Series, providing regular content and Foundation experts to television and radio stations throughout the country; and, the Sports Philanthropy Project and RWJF Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy which harnesses the power of professional sports to improve health and strengthen communities.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Marx was manager of public policy communications for the American Heart Association (AHA) where he developed strategies for the AHA’s public policy goals that helped achieve the smoking ban on domestic airline flights, food labeling reform, and increased federal funding for heart and stroke research at the National Institutes of Health. He cites the policy and social norm changes that have saved millions of lives by reducing smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke, and his collaboration with colleagues on that work at AHA and RWJF, as among his most gratifying contributions to better health.
Marx has produced documentary films on black history and jazz in Washington, D.C., including the 1987 Emmy award-winning documentary “7th & T,” which aired on PBS. He has worked as a reporter for the Washington City Paper. He also speaks publicly on his personal experience with cancer.
Marx received a BA degree from Boston College.
A New Jersey native, he resides in Lawrenceville with his wife, Eileen, who teaches world religion and bioethics at Notre Dame High School. They have two children. He enjoys cycling, playing drums, reading, and, now that his kids have grown, hopes to someday return to coaching youth sports.