Born and raised in Ward 8 and a current resident of Congress Heights, Markus Batchelor is devoted to serving our community. Educated in the public school system, Markus is a graduate of Martin Luther King Elementary School, Hardy Middle School, and Thurgood Marshall Academy PCHS.
Markus Batchelor is a native Washingtonian and youth advocate, focused on equity and ensuring we close the opportunity gap. He was sworn in on January 2, 2017 as the youngest-ever elected member of the State Board of Education, where he represents the residents of Ward 8. Previously, he served as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, representing District 8C04, which includes parts of Congress Heights and Washington Highlands. Markus has focused on rebuilding a fragmented community network, improving city services, and collaborative efforts to solve tough issues.
Markus also served as a Ward 8 liaison in the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services (MOCRS) and now serves as the Family and Community Liaison at the Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative, a community-based non-profit in Ward 8 focused on child abuse and neglect and creating stabled households.
Mr. Batchelor is an alumnus and former staff member of the Marion Barry Youth Leadership Institute (MBYLI), where he worked as a mentor and trainer to DC teens, focusing on personal development, civic engagement, college readiness, and employability skills.
Markus has been involved in community work since he was 15. Apart from being elected to the ANC at the age of 21, he served as the youngest ever President of the Ward 8 Democrats at age 20, became a member of the DC Democratic State Committee at age 19, and was appointed by the late Councilmember and Mayor Marion S. Barry to DC’s Redistricting Task Force at 18 years old. Mr. Batchelor was elected Youth Mayor of the District of Columbia at 16.
Markus is a true son of Ward 8 and attributes much of what he has done to the encouragement and opportunity given to him by those in the Ward 8 community. Public service, Markus says, is a way to give back just as much as was given to him.