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His little-known ideas on improving your worklife and education, and on men's issues

About Marty

Marty's mother claims that he could read the New York Times at age 3 and that his reading comprehension in the 1st grade was at the 12th grade level. That's either the exaggerations of a Jewish mother or the first sign of what was to come.

Today, career coach Dr. Marty Nemko is among the nation's most sought experts on both career and education issues. Marty has been interviewed by hundreds of major media, e.g., The Today Show, The Daily Show, NPR's Talk of the Nation, New York Times Los Angeles Times, TIME, even CosmoGirl.


  • In 30th year as career coach. Has served 5,000 clients and enjoys a 96% client satisfaction rate.
  • U.S. News & World Report called him "career coach extraordinaire."
  • The San Francisco Bay Guardian named him "The Bay Area's Best Career Coach."
  • Regular contributor to
  • Has written 20 essays for's Ideas section.
  • Wrote a 10-installment The Big Idea series for
  • Wrote the Working It Out column for
  • Was Contributing Editor at U.S. News & World Report.
  • His column appeared for three years on the front page of the special section of the Sunday Los Angeles Times and for six years on the front page of a section of the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle.
  • His book, Cool Careers for Dummies was the #1-rated career guide in a Readers Choice poll and reached #2 on the Wall Street Journal national business bestseller list.
  • In 29th year as host of Work with Marty Nemko on an NPR affiliate in San Francisco.
  • For two years, hosted a show on career issues on KGO-AM, one of the most-listened-to stations on the West Coast.
  • Has made 20 appearances as the career and education expert on CNN Headline News, many on Comcast Newsmakers in San Francisco and on Bay Area Focus.
  • The one man in a one-man nationwide PBS-TV Pledge Drive Special: 8 Keys to a Better Worklife.
  • A frequent guest on CNN, ABC, PBS, and NPR and has appeared on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show, Today Show, CBS's Early Show, Oprah and Friends, and NPR's Talk of the Nation., ABC-TV's 20-20, and in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
  • In 29th year as the regular career and education expert on the Ronn Owens Program, one of California's top-rated talk shows.
  • Winner of the non-member Toastmasters International Northern California Speaker of the Year.
  • The primary source for dozens of articles, from the New York Times to Nature.
  • Been consultant on employee development for such corporations as Genentech and The Gap.
  • Ph.D.from the University of California, Berkeley and subsequently taught there.
  • In 4th year teaching in the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine.


  • Ph.D. in education from the University of California, Berkeley. Specialization: evaluation of innovative programs. Advisor: Michael Scriven.
  • Subsequently taught in the U.C. Davis and then U.C.Berkeley's Graduate School of Education.
  • Been a consultant to 15 college presidents.
  • Was senior author of California's public schools accreditation procedures.
  • Was member of the WASC (accreditation commission for the Western states) task force on increasing higher education public accountability and transparency.
  • Has been a consultant to such entities as Consumer Reports and the Educational Testing Service.
  • His first book, How to Get Your Child a Private School Education in a Public School, was named one of the year's Ten Musts by the American School Board Association.
  • His next book, How to Get an Ivy League Education at a State University, was the only college guide of eight reviewed to receive an A rating from Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine. Former U.S.Secretary of Education, Terrel Bell, called the book, "A tremendous service to students and parents. Thorough, reliable, and remarkably helpful."
  • Been the primary source for dozens of articles, including in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times and TIME.
  • Appears frequently as an education expert on major radio and TV shows.
  • His articles on education have been published in the New York Times syndicate, the Chronicle of Higher Education (selected by The Week magazine as one of the best columns in the U.S.,) and as cover stories in Family Circle, and the New York Daily News Sunday Magazine. He's even written a number of features for CosmoGirl.
  • In 29th year as host of a National Public Radio-San Francisco show that frequently covers education.
  • Has given eight addresses (two broadcast) at theCommonwealth Club one of the nation's most prestigious public affairs forums.
  • Was the Guest Blogger in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • In ABC-TV's Summit on Education, was introduced as "an education consumer advocate, the Ralph Nader of Education." He was accorded the same appellation by KCBS Radio.


  • First job was as a professional pianist, among the world's youngest barroom piano players. (Picture a most callow-14-year old in a bar in the Bronx leading a bunch of drunks in a chorus of When Irish Eyes are Smiling.)
  • Second job was as a New York City cab driver.
  • Avocationally, is a playwright, actor and director. As director, his production of Same Time Next Year won the Roar of the Crowd award as the Bay Area's favorite entertainment. He won the Chanticleers Best Director Award both for Same Time Next Year and for directing Neil Simon's Broadway Bound. He is past President of the Board of Chanticleers Theatre.
  • He has had major acting roles in Bay Area productions of Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians, Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound, Moss Hart's Light Up the Sky, and played the villain in an old-time melodrama.
  • He wrote and performs his one-man show, Odd Man Out and co-wrote and piano-accompanies Jeffrie Givens' one-woman show, Retard!
  • He has written four screenplays and four stage plays.
  • On the piano, he plays show tunes, standards, ragtime, and sing-along, for example, in community-theatre pre-shows.
  • A previous avocation was breeding roses that needn't be sprayed with fungicides Three of his varieties are in commerce .
  • He is a member of Mensa and writes a monthly column in The Intelligencer.
  • Is a member of the Commission to Create a White House Council on Men and Boys.
  • He is married to Dr. Barbara Nemko, winner of her region's Schools Superintendent of the Year, seven national awards for leadership in educational technology, her Congressional district's Woman of the Year, and member of the California State Supt. of School's cabinet. They acted opposite each other in both Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound. They have one child, who, after being a researcher for Hillary Clinton in the White House, got her law degree from Yale Law School, and is now Assistant U.S. Attorney the U.S. Dept of Justice.
  • He loves his dog, Einstein, whose name is false advertising: He's no genius but is sweet as they come.

Marty Nemko can be reached by e-mail at media may also reach him at 510-655-2777.

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