Name: Kouri C. Marshall
Campaign role: DC Director
Hometown: Peoria, IL
Organizing in: Washington, D.C.
Q1. What do you do for the campaign?
I direct the campaign efforts in the District of Columbia, which includes managing over 35 Organizing Fellows, 16 Neighborhood Teams, 5 College Campus Teams and working closely with the D.C. Democratic Party. D.C. is what is called a border state, so every phone call that we make, each one-on-one meeting had and every event completed is focused on building stronger teams in the District, so that we are in a position to help the President win Virginia’s 13 electoral college votes.
Q2. How did you first come to the campaign?
I met Jeremy Bird, National Field Director, while working as a legislative aide at an organization that is committed to expanding economic opportunity in underserved communities through economic education and empowerment. After hearing about an opportunity with OFA in D.C., I contacted Jeremy to see if the opportunity was still open, because I wanted to encourage a few of my friends to apply. The position was still open, and he ironically told me where to forward my resume. After praying, I did so, and couldn’t be happier that I did.
Q3. What’s your favorite part of your role?
The folks that I work with every day—they are incredible. We have a volunteer who, like my late grandmother, is on dialysis. He is an extraordinary volunteer, with an incredible story. Because of his medical condition, he racked up over $82,000 in medical bills that he could not afford, and because of the President’s health care plan his debt was alleviated. It makes being in the office and out in the field around the clock all the more worth it when I hear and see how the work that we are doing impacts lives.
Q4. What’s the most unexpected part of your role?
I signed up to work very hard on behalf of a leader that I admire because he displays character and consistency. What I did not expect was to share the stage with First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Biden at campaign events in the District. This campaign has given me an incredible number of positive experiences—I’m thankful.
Q5. Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I was a Delegate at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and was one of the youngest members of the Illinois delegation.