A resident of southern New Jersey for more than 35 years, Alex Marino grew up in Somers Point, and Egg Harbor Twp, where he graduated from Egg Harbor Twp High School in 1987. While pursuing his bachelor’s degree at Stockton State College, he lived in Galloway Twp for more than two years. For the past 13 years Alex has lived in Linwood along with his wife Bonnie (nee Todd), a lifelong resident of the town, and a teacher at Belhaven Avenue Middle School in the Linwood School District. Together they have three children, Patrick, Madeline, and Mac.
Alex earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Stockton State College, and a master’s degree in Education Administration & Student Development from the University of Denver. In 2002, he completed all of his doctoral course work in Higher Educational Leadership from Widener University earning a certificate of advanced graduate study. Alex has a certificate of completion from the Downtown Revitalization Institute offered by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, and in 2010 completed a year-long public policy fellowship with the non-profit organization, Leadership New Jersey. In 2006, he was selected as one of region’s Top 40 Under 40 by Atlantic City Weekly and the Greater Atlantic City Jaycees, and in 2009 received the Paul Aiken Encore Award from the South Jersey Cultural Alliance for his work with the Atlantic City Historical Museum.
Currently the Director of Operations for Stockton College’s two facilities in Atlantic City, the Carnegie Center and Dante Hall Theater of Arts, he also holds the title of Assistant to the Provost and Executive Vice President at Stockton. He began his professional career at the college in 1996 and has held several administrative posts including Assistant Director of the Teacher Education Program, Assistant to the Vice President, Sports Information Director, and Assistant Lacrosse Coach. Additionally, he has taught Freshman Seminars on Contemporary American Issues, and a history course on Atlantic City.
Alex’s civic and community experience began in 1998 when he volunteered with the Linwood Baseball Association. He was appointed as a charter member of Linwood’s Environmental Commission, co-authoring two grants, one for an Environmental Resource Inventory, the other for a Stormwater Management Plan. He also helped organize the Memorial Park Tree Planting Project involving more than 250 volunteers from a number of organizations. He was appointed to the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Education, and served on both the Linwood and Mainland Regional School Districts Strategic Planning Committees. He has coached youth baseball, hockey, soccer, basketball, softball, and high school and youth lacrosse.
In January, 2006 Alex was appointed to fill the unexpired position of Second Ward Council in the City of Linwood. Later that year, he was elected to his first three-year term, and reelected in 2009. During his tenure on City Council, he was Chair of Revenue and Finance, and led the City through a strategic planning process providing the vision for zero based budgeting, shared services with other communities, reducing the City’s operating expenses, and limiting the size of municipal government. Additionally, he served on the Public Safety, Engineering, Shared Services, and Negotiations Committees. He was elected to the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders in November, 2011, and was officially sworn into office on January 3, 2012.
Marino’s non-profit leadership includes serving on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Atlantic County, where he has been a volunteer for the past 14 years, the South Jersey Cultural Alliance (SJCA), Atlantic City Historical Museum, Atlantic Heritage Center, Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association (MBCA), and Main Street Atlantic City, where he is the current past president. He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Atlantic City.