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Striving for Excellence

At a very early age Marques began to show his compassion and commitment for service to others, as well as the need to help within his community. His passion for people and progress began at the age of 11. Marques decided that he wanted to operate his very own Snowball stand in his neighborhood. He wanted to make sure that his community was on the right track to a healthy lifestyle, so he only used fresh fruit ingredients whenever making a Snowball for a customer. His passion for volunteerism and service kept Marques busy throughout his childhood and teenage years; he helped with voter registration and constituent concerns during campaign years between 1992 – 1996. He volunteered as an Alter Server at St. Matthew’s church, and taught youth Confirmation classes. While attending St. Paul’s School for Boys, Marques continued to excel both athletically and academically. Upon completion of high school, Marques was accepted to Tennessee State University.

While attending Tennessee State University, he received a full academic scholarship when he joined the U.S. Air Force ROTC; he also became a member of the prestigious brotherhood of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Marques received a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems, and decided to further his education by completing a Master of Science in Information Systems Management while attending Webster University.

Serving his Country

The 9/11 terrorists attacks played a pivotal role in Marques’ decision to join the United States Air Force. 11 months following the attacks, he made the commitment to defend this nation against all enemies foreign and domestic. At the age of 21, Marques was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and was stationed at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. He served in the Air Force during one of the most volatile times in the nation’s history. His missions included Operation Iraqi Freedom, the capture of Osama Bin Laden, The Gulf Oil Spill, the Syrian Crisis and the North Korean Crisis.

In 2010, Marques began working at the Pentagon, where he supported the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff in the National Military Command Center. His duties included maintaining secure communication channels for the Chairman, and serving as a Presidential courier- delivering in person top secret correspondence to the White House. After years of active service to his country, Marques concluded his military career in 2012, with the rank of Captain and as a decorated officer. He earned an Air Force Commendation Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal and a Most Outstanding Unit Medal. Throughout his military career, Marques had the goal of returning to his home, and helping serve the community by ensuring that everyone had adequate resources to achieve every opportunity for success.

Serving his Community

A true community advocate, in 2011 Marques founded the D.E.N.T Group (Delivering Educational Needs Together). This program originally was solely offered at the Oliver Community Center, and has grown across the city, and is now being taught at Belair Edison, Lanvale Towers, Youth Opportunities Baltimore and Living Classrooms. This program is open to all residents throughout the city of Baltimore, and is designed to teach residents the necessary computer skills needed for today’s workforce. The training program is also designed to prepare residents interested in obtaining employment in the IT field, achieve the needed Certifications. The D.E.N.T Group also hosts two annual events, “Back to School Baltimore” held in August, and provides the necessary school supplies, including Back Packs, to families throughout the city. “Holiday Help” held in November, delivers thousands of pounds of food to needy families around the Baltimore Metro Area.

Marques believes in the power of having a great role model for the youth, he not only coaches youth baseball, but he is on the Board of Directors for both the Northwood Baseball League and National Association of Black Veterans. He regularly visits local schools as well as St. Paul’s to speak to the children about the importance of education. He is a leader on the Baltimore Police Department Lt. Col Melvin Russell’s Compassion Response Team, which is aimed at community outreach and tragedy response as well as, a member of the Eastern District Community Walk Group, which has covered more than 20 neighborhoods throughout East/North East Baltimore. In July 2013 Marques help coordinate the Stop the Violence PEACE initiative, that brought together various communities across the city to highlight the importance of stopping the violence and restoring community.

Marques believes in building a better Baltimore by strengthening the communities that make up this great City. He is prepared to be the voice for the voiceless, and work hand and hand with community leaders, local politicians and residents to ensure that every neighborhood has the same amount of opportunities and resources to achieve success, feel safe, and thrive.

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