Marvin Figueroa, Vanderbilt University

Featured Alumnus

Winter 2011

Vanderbilt Posse 14 alumnus and Bronx, New York, native Marvin Figueroa is currently an education and healthcare policy legislative aide in the Office of Virginia Senator Mark Warner. In 2010, he earned a master’s in education policy and management at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Born in Santa Rosa de Aguan, Honduras, Marvin immigrated to the United States with his mother at a young age. Despite battling hardships, he became the first in his family to earn a college degree when he graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2007 with a degree in Latin American studies and political science.

“Overcoming poverty is not a simple undertaking, particularly when it is generational,” he says. “This is why Posse has been so instrumental in my success. Posse has afforded me the luxury of making finances a non-issue, while providing a space where people encouraged me to give more even when I thought I had given all I had.”

Since graduating, Marvin has held leadership positions in college advising and placement in Nashville, Tennessee, and Richmond, California, public schools, where he implemented a schoolwide anti-gang initiative. He has also served as an education policy analyst intern in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education and in the office of former D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee as a senior associate in the Urban Education Leaders Internship Program.

Most recently, he served as an intern in the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, where, as a Congressional Hispanic Caucus fellow, he worked to promote President Obama’s K-12 education initiatives, continuing the work he’s most passionate about—serving Latino communities.