David Marshall, Jr.
David Marshall, Jr. is a seasoned public affairs and communications specialist. He has significant experience in facilitation, stakeholder relationship management, and business process improvement. Currently, Mr. Marshall is the Director of Public Affairs and Membership Development of NASPAA, the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration. At NASPAA he is charged with building productive relationships with deans, directors, and faculty members of the over 300 MPA/MPP programs in the United States and overseas to ensure excellence in education and training for public service and to promote the ideal of public service. Through this effort he seeks to significantly improve participation of all types of public policy programs including those from historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic serving institutions, and other underrepresented programs. Mr. Marshall is also responsible for working with federal agencies and Congress to ensure that government agencies hire students with public affairs/policy education as well as to ensure that government sponsored fellowships remain funded.
Prior to joining NASPAA, Mr. Marshall worked as a management consultant at two global management consulting firms, Booz Allen Hamilton and ICF, International. At ICF he worked on a contract for with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to ensure local housing authorities were in compliance with federal rules and guidelines. At Booz Allen Hamilton he consulted with the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to develop solutions for creating a 21st century health care and benefits delivery system for military service members and veterans.
In 2011, Mr. Marshall served as an Exhibition Facilitator at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s temporary exhibit “RACE: Are We So Different?” Sponsored by the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the American Anthropological Association, this was the first national exhibition to tell the stories of race from the biological, cultural, and historical points of view. Mr. Marshall worked with the Smithsonian’s Office of Education and Outreach to facilitate conversations with museum staff and visitors about the exhibition’s interactive elements and encouraged dialogue and reflection. He also worked with their public affairs office to correspond with local and national media outlets about the exhibit and tracked media coverage.
Mr. Marshall also worked with 3M Company in their public affairs department for over six years. At 3M, he lobbied on Capitol Hill and managed the 3M Political Action Committee. Mr. Marshall managed a political contributions budget of over $400,000 and successfully administered the distribution of those funds in political campaigns at federal and state levels. In 2004, he represented 3M at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.
Early in his career before graduate school, Mr. Marshall served as an Admission Officer and Coordinator of Minority Student Recruitment at Princeton University, where he helped to increase minority student enrollment by over 30% in three years, reversing a downward trend.
Mr. Marshall is a native of Houston, Texas and he completed his undergraduate studies at Princeton University. He earned a Master’s of Public Affairs and a Master’s of Arts in Advertising both from the University of Texas at Austin.