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Marc Porter Magee caught the political bug while in college at Georgetown and returned to the nation's capital after grad school at Duke University, where he earned a Ph.D. in sociology. In D.C., he put his research skills to work at the Democratic Leadership Council's think tank (the Progressive Policy Institute), supporting the expansion of national service programs like AmeriCorps, and later at the Partnership for Public Service, recruiting a new generation of young people to help transform the way the federal government works. Marc made the jump to state-level education advocacy when he joined ConnCAN: The Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now in its start-up year in 2005, serving as chief operating officer and the campaign manager of its successful advocacy campaigns. In 2010, he took up the challenge of bringing the success of ConnCAN's campaigns to other states around the country. Joined by a core group of his ConnCAN colleagues and talented new team members from around the country, Marc's belief was that education advocacy absolutely had to be locally driven, but that local leaders shouldn't have to start from scratch. They went to work building a new kind of organization: one dedicated to helping local education advocates start campaigns of their own by leveraging everything learned in Connecticut and in new state campaigns across the country. Officially launched as an independent organization in January 2011, 50CAN has now grown into a 35-person nonprofit with campaigns in Rhode Island, Minnesota, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina and a national headquarters in Washington, D.C. Marc is a Fellow of the 10th class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.