Representative Markus Batchelor is Communications and Program Coordinator for the Young Elected Officials Network at the People for the American Way Foundation (PFAW). Markus is the youngest-ever elected member of the District of Columbia State Board of Education, where he represents over 16,000 K-12 students across 44 school communities in Ward 8. Since taking office to represent one of DC’s most historically underserved communities, he has led on efforts focused on equity and closing the opportunity gap. He previously served a term as an elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, where he represented residents in DC’s Congress Heights and Washington Highlands communities.
Markus is an alumnus and former trainer at the Marion Barry Youth Leadership Institute (MBYLI), where he worked with DC teens on personal development, civic engagement, college readiness, and employability skills. He has been involved in community work since he was 15, holding various positions in civic and party organizations, fighting to secure statehood for the District’s over 700,000 residents, and serving as the 52nd Youth Mayor of the District of Columbia.