POLI Alumni Spotlight: Marcus Squires

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Alumni spotlight: Marcus Squires

Marcus Squires, (BA Political Science ’15/H&S) is running for Richmond City Council. From a young age, he was told to take part in something that he was passionate about and for him that meant politics. As a high school student he would attend local political gatherings and debates. These experiences led him to desire a greater understanding on politics, political issues, and policy. It was only natural that he declared Political Science as his major.

Since graduating from VCU in 2015, Marcus has been appointed the Vice-Chair of the Richmond Sister Cities Commission and the Chair of the Richmond-Upon The Thames Committee. In recognition of his work with Sister Cities, he has been invited to the Japanese ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C.  In addition to a few programs he is helping to develop, he works in the Richmond Public Schools systems and also as a paralegal with the Agarwal Law firm.

His time at VCU led him to really understand Richmond. “When I came from my rural setting in Gloucester County, I had never really experienced life in the city before and VCU gave me that experience and the connections I needed to succeed. Through the Political Science program I was introduced to an amazing internship in Richmond City Hall as well as the ability to study abroad in Paris, France. Through VCU, I am able to make it real.”