Richmond Heights native works in the White House

WASHINGTON D.C. (KSDK) - When your work address is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, sometimes it gives you pause.

We asked, "Are their mornings you come to work when you say, how the heck did this happen?" And he laughed "Everyday. Every single day."

Marlon Marshall is President Obama's deputy director of Public Engagement.

"We're basically the President's organizing team," Marshall said.

A native of Richmond Heights, he started working in the White House last September. But his interest in politics goes all the way back to student government at the University of Kansas.

"I saw what happens when you get people involved in movements," he recalled.

After working on several different campaigns, he became the president's deputy national field director during the re-election effort. More recently though, he's been charged with helping to sell the Affordable Care Act -- despite it's detractors.

"To hear stories every day of people who have never had health insurance and for the first time are able to get covered is just an amazing thing," he said.

It's Marshall's job to organize a coalition of advocates and activists to help get people enrolled.

Though the 34-year-old now lives in Washington DC, his entire family is still in St. Louis and he says he never forgets his loyalties.

"I always go back when the Cardinals make the World Series. I was there in '11 when we won and I was there last year when we didn't," he said.

From Richmond Heights to the White House. Marlon Marshall trying to make the most of his unexpected journey.

"It keeps me going every day," Marshall said.


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