Marcus Markle

Guest Blogger

Up Next Project Contractor, Better Make Room

Washington, D.C.

Marcus Markle is the Up Next Project Coordinator at Better Make Room, an initiative of Civic Nation and legacy program of 44th First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama.

Marcus most recently served as a political appointee under former President Barack Obama and directed over 90 high-level meetings and events across the nation and globe, including Singapore, the country for former U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King.

Previously a teacher and Latino role-model for low-income students in Oakland, San Francisco and Los Angeles, Marcus began his career in the classroom as a teacher and Latino role-model for low-income students in Oakland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Marcus also draws his education experience from America Achieves, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving America’s schools, where he helped fulfill the promise of the New York Educator Voice Network, a pilot group of stellar New York State teachers and principals who used their voices to create change and improve their school communities for students, families and themselves.

Marcus has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Berkeley and loved the university so much that he also acquired a Master of Arts in Education. He lives in the District of Columbia.

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Posted Sep. 12, 2017

So You Want to Go to College? Send a Text.

In 2013, then-First Lady Michelle Obama approached then-Secretary of Education Arne Duncan with the goal of inspiring more young people…

By Marcus Markle

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

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