Representative Markus E. Batchelor
Markus Batchelor is a native Washingtonian and youth advocate, focused on equity and ensuring we close the opportunity gap. He was sworn in on January 2, 2017 as the youngest-ever elected member of the State Board of Education, where he represents the residents of Ward 8. In January 2019, he was elected by his colleagues to assist in leading the board as Vice President.
Previously, he served as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, representing District 8C04, which includes parts of Congress Heights and Washington Highlands neighborhoods of Washington, where he focused on rebuilding a fragmented community network, improving city services, and collaborative efforts to solve tough issues.
Markus also served as a Ward 8 liaison in the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services (MOCRS) and now serves as a Program Associate at the Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative, a community-based non-profit in Ward 8 focused on child abuse and neglect and creating stabled households. He also is the founder of a Ward 8-based communications firm focused on building the capacity of small businesses
Mr. Batchelor is an alumnus and former staff member of the Marion Barry Youth Leadership Institute (MBYLI), where he worked as a mentor and trainer to DC teens, focusing on personal development, civic engagement, college readiness, and employability skills.
Markus was educated in the public school system and attended The George Washington University. He got his start in community activism advocating for voting rights and statehood for the District of Columbia, the only national capital in the developed world where its residents cannot vote in the national legislature, and founded the DC Statehood Student Association while on campus. He went on to serve as the president of the Ward 8 Democratic organization and sat on DC’s Democratic State Committee as National Committeeman for the DC Young Democrats.