Marc Stier is the Pennsylvania State Director of Health Care For America Now (HCAN), a nationwide campaign for health care reform. Before joining HCAN, Marc was the Health Care Campaign Manager of SEIU PA State Council. He is also a member of One Philadelphia and a founder of Neighborhood Networks, a Philadelphia progressive political organization for which he has lead successful campaigns for ethics reform in Philadelphia and for raising the minimum wage in Pennsylvania. Marc was member of the steering committee and a staff member of the Pennsylvania Transit Coalition which advocated successfully for new transit funding statewide. He also served three terms as President of West Mt. Airy Neighbors, a Philadelphia community organization, where he helped save historic buildings from destruction and bring a new supermarket and neighborhood / school playground to the community. He has run for City Council at Large and State Representative and worked on many political campaigns as an internet coordinator and field organizer.
Prior to taking his position with SEIU, Marc was an academic for twenty five years. He has a B.A. from Wesleyan University and Ph.D. from Harvard University, both in political science. and has taught at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, City College of New York, UNC Charlotte, and Temple University where he was associate director and internet coordinator of a Great Books Program. He is the author of many papers in political philosophy, the history of political thought, and American Politics and is co-editor of Ambiguity in the Western Tradition. He hopes to finish a three volume work in political philosophy, Politics and Reason and a short work Civilization and It Contents: Platonic Reflections on Eros and the Culture Wars in the next few years. His essays on politics have appeared in many newspapers around the state including the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News. Marc blogs on politics and other subjects at Marc Stier at Large (http://blog.stier.net) and Young Philly Politics (http://youngphillypolitics.com) You can learn more about Marc and read his academic work at his website http://www.stier.net.