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Dinah MarksPLACE FIVE: COUNCILMEMBER DINAH MARKS


Dinah Marks is a Native of Auburn, Alabama. She graduated from Beauregard High School, Opelika, Alabama. As a recipient of a Four-Year Academic Scholarship to the school of her choice, she chose Alabama A&M University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education/English.

After moving to Texas, she attended Texas A&M University (formerly East Texas State University) and received her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration. As a single mother of three daughters, she wanted to be an educational role model for them; therefore, continued her educational career by receiving a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Before being elected to the DeSoto City Council, Dr. Marks served the students of the Dallas Independent School District for 30 years as a Reading/Language Arts Teacher, Instructional Specialist, Educational Employment Administrator, Assistant Principal, Principal Fellow, and Principal on the Elementary and Middle School Levels.

She has also served on the DeSoto Arts Commission, Kentsdale Farm Board of Directors, and NAACP. Dr. Marks is very active in her church, Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist, where she has served as President, Sunday School (Adult), Media Ministry (church announcer for the past 28 years), Tribe of Judah Dance Ministry, Mission II Member, and President of Women’s Ministry (1998-1999).  She was also selected as the Educational Woman of the Year. 

 Lastly, she is an active/financial member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Southwest Dallas County Alumnae Chapter, where she has served as Corresponding Secretary, Assistant Recording Secretary, Economic Development Chair, Jabberwock Team Co-Chair, and PAN HELLENIC Representative. Dr. Marks’ favorite past time is reading, dancing, and decorating.

Contact Information
Email: DMarks@desototexas.gov
Phone: 469-744-0027