Robert Marshall’s personal mission is to act as an instrument of positive change in his community, inspiring youth to be their best academic selves and helping them become leaders in thought, word and action. Mr. Marshall has lived out his personal mission by founding Vanguard Collegiate of Indianapolis – a public charter school on the westside of Indianapolis that is unapologetically focused on the academic success of its scholars, educating 6th-8th grade students through high-quality instruction, rigorous curriculum, and character development to succeed in college and become leaders in thought, word and action.
A native to Indianapolis, Mr. Marshall is committed to ensuring high quality public education options for minority and under-served youth in our city. His career began in program management largely focused in youth development. With a deep concern for the achievement gap experienced by so many of our children, he has approached every challenge with the goal of leveling the playing field. Having held leadership positions in organizations such as 100 Black Men of Indianapolis and the Boys and Girls Club of Indianapolis, Mr. Marshall has been an integral part of large fundraising initiatives, strategic plan development, program implementation, and volunteer management. Mr. Marshall served as the Senior Director of Programs at the Center for Leadership Development, and managed programs supporting the advancement of minority youth in Central Indiana as future professional business and community leaders. He is a former Building Excellent Schools (BES) Fellow. As a Fellow with BES, Mr. Marshall studied and deeply analyzed best practices of over 40 high performing urban charter schools and has received extensive development in the areas of organizational development, instructional design, charter accountability, and leadership. Currently, Mr. Marshall is an alumni of the Diversity in Leadership Program (Marian University). He also is a member of the Class of 2021 Indianapolis Business Journal’s Forty Under 40. He received his B.A. in Political Science and Law from Morehouse College.
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