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Marcus brings a background in education, youth development, management, and public policy.  He began consulting with the Coalition for Engaged Education in January 2016 and became Executive Director in June 2016.  

Marcus is an entrepeneurial leader whose career has always revolved around the development of new initiatives and the creation of new programs and products.  He most enjoys developing an idea into a new program that serves people and leads to a positive social impact.  Marcus' career has focused on different aspects of education and youth development including education reform, secondary school programs, workforce development, e-learning, and higher education.  

Some of Marcus' prior experiences include founding and leading a green jobs program for youth and young adults interested in careers in sustainability and the water sector.  He also served as Associate Director for Education, Youth, and Families for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.  He served as a program officer for The Broad Foundation where he created The Broad Residency, one of the Foundation’s signature initiatives, and made investments in school districts across the country.  Marcus also worked in e-learning for two Silicon Valley companies as a product manager and as management consultant to colleges and universities with PricewaterhouseCoopers.  Marcus began his career as a research assistant at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  Marcus has also taught social entrepeneurship as a lecturer at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. 

Marcus holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School and a BA in Political Economy of Industrial Society from UC Berkeley.  He has been a Marshall Memorial Fellow and a Pahara-Aspen Institute Fellow.