Originally from southern Arizona, Marcus completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the University of Arizona’s Civil Engineering program with a structural engineering emphasis. Upon graduation, he worked as a structural designer at a multidisciplinary engineering firm in Tucson that focused primarily on the design and CM of mineral processing plants and large ground-based telescope observatories. Feeling a detachment from those large and impersonal projects, combined with a brewing wanderlust, Marcus sought out opportunities to volunteer in the construction field for communities in need. With over three years working in design, he joined the Construction for Change team in early 2016 as the project manager for the Women Protection Center in Hetauda, Nepal.
During his two year time in south Asia, he also assisted with CfC’s Optimize Health Clinic in Madhya Pradesh, India, learning valuable lessons to apply to his project in Nepal. Marcus characterizes his time with CfC as the most rewarding adventure he could have ever imagined: from developing close relationships in the local community and seeing his project through to completion to trekking through the Himalaya and his (unsuccessful) pursuit to spot a wild Bengal tiger in the thick jungle underbrush. With the help of connections made through CfC, he has now relocated to Seattle for a position as a construction management consultant.
"For me, the most valuable take away was not to take for granted the many, many opportunities and comforts - both big and small - that we enjoy on a daily basis living in the developed western world. Recognizing the extreme privileges that we have comes with the responsibility to use them responsibly and give back with the means at our disposal to the marginalized living in poverty."