Re-Elect Marshall Orson on May 22nd
Marshall was elected in July 2012, defeating the incumbent with 62% of the vote. He took office in January 2013 and has been a leader for reform of the Board and the school system from the very start. He was overwhelmingly reelected in 2014 to a four-year term.
During his time on the Board, Marshall has been a tireless advocate for all students in DeKalb. Specifically, Marshall:
-wrote policies to reform and make more effective Board meetings and eliminate Board committees to ensure all Board members are engaged on all Board matters.
-wrote and sponsored the proposed policy to ensure school based after care program net monies remain with the local schools
-co-sponsored the Dual Accreditation plan to ensure that all high schools can seek school based accreditation.
Marshall is a co-founder and partner in consulting firm Melbourne Partners, which provides business development services for transactions related to intellectual property licensing, acquisitions, and partnerships, with a specific focus on content. He also was a co-founder and partner in the media strategy and crisis management firm, Devonwood Media.
From 1989 to 2001, Marshall worked at Turner Broadcasting, including five years as Vice President and General Manager of the Turner Trade Group (“TTG”). TTG is the world's largest media company-owned trade business; Marshall oversaw its global media sales deals and retail operations, and all business and legal issues. Marshall also held a number of business positions at Turner focusing on content creation, use, acquisition and disposition, including stints as Vice President for Turner Home Entertainment, Turner Publishing and Turner Original Productions. He joined Turner’s legal department in 1989, initially with responsibility for overseeing deals related to its motion picture library and ultimately oversaw selected production deals and due diligence projects related to Turner corporate acquisitions.
Prior to joining Turner, Marshall practiced law in the Atlanta office of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker, after serving as a judicial law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge R. Allen Edgar in the Eastern District of Tennessee. He is a graduate of the Duke University School of Law (Order of the Coif and High Honors), where he served as Senior Editor of Law and Contemporary Problems. He also received his bachelor’s degree (cum laude) from Duke University. Marshall is a 2001 graduate of Leadership Atlanta and co-chaired its 2003 and 2004 Criminal Justice Day programs. Marshall is a past President of the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Atlanta.
Marshall’s two children attend Druid Hills Middle School where they are in 8th and 6th grades. Marshall attended public school in Miami, Florida in the Dade County Public Schools where his mother was both a teacher and a school psychologist. Marshall has a long history of working to support and reform public education, and to improve opportunities for children, including service on:
- The Emory-Lavista Parent Council where served as Co-President.
- The Fernbank Elementary School Council which he chaired.
- The Fernbank Elementary School Foundation which he co-founded.
- The Druid Hills Middle School Council which he chaired.
- The founding board of directors of Provost Academy of Georgia, a start-up Georgia virtual charter high school.
- The board of directors of APPLE Corps (Atlanta’s original local education fund) from 1986 to 2003 (including six years as chair or vice-chair). Marshall subsequently served on the board of the Atlanta Committee for Public Education and was a member of the founding committee of Great Schools Atlanta.
- The board of directors of the Public Education Network in Washington, D.C. from 1998-2003 including membership on its Public Engagement Committee.
- The board of directors of the Quest for Public Education, a music education initiative for the Atlanta, DeKalb and Fulton school systems.
- Leadership Atlanta’s Education Impact Team which he co-chaired in 2007 and 2008, and the 2010 Education Summit committee.
- The board of directors of the Atlanta Children’s Shelter from 2002 to 2007, where he chaired its Expansion Committee for two years after serving four years as chair of its Advocacy Committee.
- Campaign manager for Joe Martin, 2010 candidate for Georgia State School Superintendent