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Business Civic Leadership Center
Marc DeCourcey is Executive Director of the Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC). Marc has more than 20 years of experience in public policy leadership and a distinct talent building strategic partnerships and forming cross-sector advocacy coalitions. His career has spanned the executive and congressional branches of the US government, as well as the nonprofit sector. He has been instrumental in the unified response to a variety of national challenges, from supporting relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, to creating a framework for the private sector for building disaster resiliency.
Previous to joining BCLC, Marc served as Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at the American Red Cross (ARC), one of the nation’s largest humanitarian organizations. In this role he was tasked to acquire, grow, & leverage existing business relationships across the entire ARC enterprise. He was also chief of staff in the President and CEO’s Office. His key responsibilities included managing the implementation of strategic initiatives, directing day-to-day operations, and representing the organization to key external stakeholders across government, corporate, and nonprofit sectors.
Before joining the president’s office, Marc served as the ARC’s Senior Director of Federal Government Relations & Partnerships. Marc came to the Red Cross in the days following Hurricane Katrina’s landfall in 2005, assisting the organization in developing public policy relationships with strategic partners along all ARC lines of service. He served also as the ARC’s liaison to the White House, Cabinet departments, and other federal agencies. Marc represented the Red Cross on the board of the National Emergency Food and Shelter Program, the Council of Federal Executive Secretariats, and National Human Services Assembly.
Prior to the Red Cross, Marc was the chief of staff in the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs at the US Department of Education under Secretaries Paige and Spellings in the Bush Administration. There he managed a staff of 24 Administration appointees and career employees and supervised an office with a $2+ million budget.
A native of Massachusetts, Marc ran for state representative soon after his graduation from Providence College. He was the youngest legislative candidate in the state. After narrowly losing the race, he was soon hired to work in Governor Weld’s administration. He then managed successful congressional campaigns and worked on Capitol Hill for Congressmen Peter Blute (R-MA) and John Kasich (R-OH), now Governor of Ohio. He has also served as a public policy consultant, advising private-sector clients in a variety of industries, from telecommunications to law enforcement.
With a long history of community service, Marc has been active on numerous civic and philanthropic boards in the Washington, DC area and in Massachusetts. He is married and the father of three children.