Marcus Blackwell is pursuing a Masters of Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School, in conjunction with a Masters of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Prior to arriving at the Kennedy School, Marcus worked in strategy consulting at Bain & Company in Houston, Texas. His work focused primarily on building sustainable strategic solutions for both international companies as well as large-scale non-profits. While on a 6-month leave from Bain & Company, Marcus worked at KIPP Houston Public Schools designing long-term zoning solutions to enable the school system’s rapid expansion. Marcus grew up in Lubbock, Texas and is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University, where he studied Accounting and Finance. His long-term career interests lie at the intersection of his Christian faith and public policy: where he hopes to encourage discussion on how religious communities can be a source for public good and how we can be more inclusive and compassionate toward marginalized communities. Outside of his professional passions, Marcus enjoys black coffee, watching the Texas A&M Aggies’ annual march to (and failure to reach) the College Football Playoffs, and discussing the merits of Rainer Maria Rilke and the Parks and Recreation TV show.