Gary Marx, CAE, APR, is president of the Center for Public Outreach (CPO), in Vienna, Virginia, an organization he founded in 1998. CPO provides counsel on future-oriented leadership, communication, education, community, and democracy.
As a speaker, workshop leader, and consultant, Marx has worked with education, community, business, association, and government leaders at all levels on four continents and in all 50 of the United States. He has been called an “intellectual entrepreneur, who is constantly pursuing ideas” and a “deep generalist.”
As a futurist, Marx has directed studies such as Preparing Students for the 21st Century (1996), Preparing Schools and School Systems for the 21st Century (1999), Ten Trends: Educating Children for a Profoundly Different Future (2000), and 16 Trends: Their Profound Impact on Our Future (2005). He is the author of numerous books and articles. During his career, Marx has been a source for local, national, and international news media on issues affecting education and society.
Before launching the Center for Public Outreach, Gary Marx served for nearly 20 years as a senior executive for the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). He was a television and radio broadcaster before moving into education, serving as an administrator for the Westside Community Schools in Omaha and the Jefferson County Public Schools in Colorado.
Marx was presented the coveted President's Award by the National School Public Relations Association in 1999 and the Distinguished Service