Community Board 8 Member
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Marc Haken has been a member of Community Board 8 for 20 years along with serving on the youth and education and library committees. He also has held the president’s position for Hilltop Village Co-op Number 4 in Hollis for 29 years. Presently, he has been President of Friends of Cunningham Park for about 12 years and a Queens representative to the Department of Youth Services joint planning committee.
PERSONAL: Haken, the father of one son and grandfather to three grandchildren graduated from Keystone Junior College in La Plume, PA, American University in Washington D.C. with a Bachelor’s in History, Queens College with a Masters in Education, and St. John’s with a Masters in Administration and Supervision of Secondary Schools.
JOB: Currently, Haken is the community liaison for Assemblymember Rory Lancman. Haken was a junior high school social studies teacher for 30 years at M.S. 109 in Queens Village and worked for City Councilmember David Weprin for two years as community liaison.
BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “I think my biggest challenge has been as President of Friends of Cunningham Park soliciting funds from legislators and private corporations to maintain Cunningham Park as the premier park of northeast Queens.”
PROUDEST MOMENT: “I was exceptionally proud when I was honored by Community Board 8,” Haken said. People from the organizations he is involved with were present along with state legislators and members of Congress.
FAVORITE MEMORY: Haken’s favorite memory is being at Woodstock in 1969.
INSPIRATION: Haken cited an anecdote that he lives his life by - “A young man sees a 90 year-old man who is planting a date tree. The young man says to the man that he will not live to see the tree grow so there is no point in planting the seeds. However, the elder man said, it does not matter whether he lives to see it grow or not, but the point is that it will be there for others.” The tree is a symbol of giving back to the community and that is Haken’s motto. “It is vital to give back to the community and stimulate and motivate young people to get involved in their communities,” he said.
- Uzma Zakir