Business Politics

Mark J Green


Mark J. Green is a public interest lawyer, author, TV commentator and a former politician. Green previously served as New York City Consumer Affairs Commissioner and was elected Public Advocate of New York City twice. He also ran for a number of public offices albeit these were unsuccessful.

He has authored and edited twenty-one books and two of his work were focused on Campaign Finance, namely: “Who Runs Congress?” in 1972, which has become a million-copy bestseller; and “Selling Out” in 2002. Among his other published works include “The Book on Bush: How George W. (Mis)leads America” in 2004, which he co-authored with Eric Alterman and became a bestseller; “The Consumer Bible” in 1995; and “Losing Our Democracy” in 2006. Additionally, Green has written 250 magazine articles and has made television appearances several times on PBS’s Firing Line. From 2002 to 2005, he was part of the regular panel on NY1’s weekly public affairs program, Wiseguys. Today, he is the president of Air American Radio, an American radio network that focuses on liberal and progressive talk programs.


Mark J. Green was born on March 15, 1945 in Brooklyn, New York. In 1963, he finished high school from Great Neck South High School in New York. In 1967, he graduated with honors from Cornell University School of Arts & Sciences. In 1970, he graduated, also with honors, from Harvard Law School and became editor-in-chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.

In 1977, Green married Deni Frand who previously served as a director of the New York City office of People for the American Way and as a Vice President in corporate philanthropy at AOL-Time Warner. The couple has two children.


In the ’70s, Green spent ten years in Washington D.C. writing books and collaborating with Ralph Nader with whom he worked a suit against the Nixon administration. He eventually headed the Public Citizen’s Congress Watch, the leading consumer lobbying group in Washington, D.C., and with it pressed Congress on environmental, health, and consumer issues. In 1981, he created the New Democracy Project, which is a public policy institute in New York City. In 1984, he became Senator Gary Hart’s chief speechwriter for Hart’s presidential campaign. In 1990 he was appointed Consumer Affairs Commissioner of New York City and served until 1993. In 1993, he was elected the first Public Advocate of New York City where he got 60% of the votes; he got elected again in 1997 with 73% of the votes. In 2004, he was the New York co-chairperson of John Kerry’s unsuccessful presidential campaign.

Green has had some shares of unsuccessful races to a number of public offices including: U.S. House of Representatives in 1980, representing the East side of Manhattan; U.S. Senate in 1986 and 1998; and Mayor of New York City in 2001. In 2006, he ran for New York State Attorney General in the Democratic primary but he lost.

In 2007, Green and his brother, Stephen, gained the majority of the shares in Air America Radio and the former is currently the president of the company.