Mark K. Joseph is Founding Chairman of The Shelter Group, which began developing multi-family housing in 1975. He is also Chairman of MuniMae, a housing finance company spun off from Shelter in 1996.
Prior to founding Shelter, Mr. Joseph was a member of the Community Legal Services law reform unit, serving as co-counsel in the U.S. Supreme Court case nullifying residence requirements for public assistance. He also chaired the Executive Committee of Gallagher, Evelius & Jones, LLP and taught urban legal problems at the University of Maryland Law School.
From 1968 to 1973, Mr. Joseph served as Baltimore City’s Deputy Housing Commissioner and its Development Coordinator. From 1975 to 1980, Mr. Joseph headed the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners. As President of the Board, he chaired the nation’s seventh largest school system. He is a founder and lead donor of the Baltimore School for the Arts, a “chartered” public school.
Mr. Joseph is a long-time member of the Board of The Greater Baltimore Committee and has served on numerous private and public boards, retiring after several terms from the Boards of the Walters Art Gallery, Associated Jewish Charities, and the Board of Visitors of The University of Maryland Law School. He also chaired the Board of Baltimore's Public Health Hospital.
Mr. Joseph graduated from Brown University and the Harvard Law School. He authored the law creating the Maryland Community Development Administration.