Marquis started C4C while in graduate school at the age of 27. He was an Echoing Green Fellow and a Pahara Institute NextGen Fellow. Marquis’ passion is inspiring people to understand that where you start is not where you have to end up. He works with young people to encourage them to fight negativity by taking action, evaluating, and thinking differently. Marquis grew up in a low-income community in South Central Los Angeles, where he witnessed violence, experienced failure and overcame many challenges, all of which led him to dedicate himself to motivating others to do the same.
After Marquis failed out of the Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, RI, he graduated from Stonehill College with a BS in Communication. He worked for four years in the world of real estate finance but, sensing a different calling, he returned to school to obtain a MA in Teaching from Smith College. He has been featured in Boston.com, Harvard Business Review, People Magazine, Huffington Post, CBS, and CNN.