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Marc Willis

Media Program Manager

US Food and Drug Administration

Silver Spring, MD




Marc Willis is a Communications Manager for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and an adjunct professor for Northern Virginia Community College.




1998 bachelors of art degree in Philosophy from Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD 2002 masters of journalism degree in Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.




Marc Willis has served as the Communications Manager for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since August 2014. He oversees the media relations efforts for the Office of Regulatory Affairs and its 20 districts. Marc serves as a Deputy Lead for the PR Student Projects and a mentor for the NABJ North Carolina A&T State University Short Course.


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Prior to joining FDA in 2014 Marc served as a Community Relations Officer in the Intergovernmental Affairs Branch of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). He served as the liaison between the agency and state and local elected government officials. Marc also spent four years as a Lead Public Affairs Specialist for the United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). In Marc’s primary role he managed the agency’s various strategic communications, social media and media relations programs.




I seek to serve as NABJ Board media-related representative.  I am committed to education and career development. My involvement with the NABJ Short Course and Student Projects exhibit my commitment to preparing college students to enter the communications profession. Additionally, I strive to assure working professionals have the skills to excel in their current position or make a career transition. I have been a member of NABJ for 12 years. In that time I have always looked for ways to build relationships with journalists of color and help them effectively tell the stories which impact our communities.





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