President Martin Nock’s Biography

Martin_Portrait_2008-small-1Martin Nock, once a highly at-risk youth himself, credits the help he received during his childhood as directly influencing his decision to lead a non-profit dedicated to serving thousands of at-risk youth in the Greater Philadelphia Region.

Since his arrival to Communities In Schools of Philadelphia, Inc. in 1994, Mr. Nock has been directly responsible for developing and implementing more than 100 specialized educational and social services programs. These initiatives are provided in collaboration with The School District of Philadelphia, agencies of the federal and state governments, and a large number of other non-profit organizations and community-minded businesses.

Before accepting the position as President of Communities In Schools of Philadelphia, Inc., he worked extensively in the social services industry. For fifteen years he served as the Program Director of New Initiatives for the Philadelphia High School Academies, facilitating the creation of career academies in the following industries: Business; Criminal Justice; Public Administration; Aviation and Aerospace; and Fitness, Wellness and Health Promotion.

In his current role as President and CEO, Mr. Nock unites his passion for educational equality with his compassion for at-risk youth and struggling communities. During his tenure, Mr. Nock has taken CIS of Philadelphia from three employees and a $300,000 budget to over 75 staff members and a budget of over $8 million.

Since its inception in 1986, CIS of Philadelphia has grown to annually serve more than 10,000 public school students attending Philadelphia’s kindergarten through 12th grade schools. Additionally, Mr. Nock has demonstrated a commitment to reaching those students who have left the school system as drop-outs and youth re-entering society from the juvenile justice system.

Mr. Nock gained a thorough understanding of the many forces surrounding public education by being elected to serve on the Board of Education for Willingboro, New Jersey in 2006 to 2009. He was later reappointed in 2011. His past roles as Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Personnel Committee have further provided Martin Nock with an advanced understanding of the complexities involved in political and public service.

Mr. Nock is a graduate of the New York City Public School System. He attended Gettysburg College, earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Temple University, and has taken several graduate courses. He has also completed an array of administrative training courses with Communities In Schools National, to ensure the solidity of the organization’s mission. Through his determination and leadership, Mr. Nock has created business and educational partnerships that exemplify the adage that success and achievement are always within reach.