Get to know Marcus Goodwin
Marcus was born and raised in DC. He is a middle child with seven brothers and sisters. His mother came to this country at age 22 from Senegal in West Africa. With her, she brought a sense of optimism that Washington was a place where she could pursue the American Dream. His father grew up in South Carolina and came to DC to study at Howard University.
Marcus grew up in neighborhoods where there were too many barriers to success and too few opportunities to get ahead. However, the direction of his life changed when he had just a couple of opportunities provided to him.
His parents were able to get him into a good school, where he became a boy scout, played sports and met mentors who went to college and achieved big things with their lives.
Marcus got the opportunity to go to the University of Pennsylvania, had fulfilling internships working at the DC Council and Mayor’s Office and got a Master's degree from Harvard University.
He has built a career developing commercial properties that provide jobs and affordable housing for DC residents. His career has given him the opportunity to own his own home and have financial security.
Stories like his are unfortunately far too rare in DC, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Marcus is putting his private-sector career on hold to run for the open At-Large seat on the DC Council because he thinks we should have somebody in the Wilson Building that is focused on giving all of us the opportunities we need to get ahead and move up the economic ladder.