Who We Are

City Fund Action launched in 2018 as a partner organization to City Fund, a national nonprofit that partners with city leaders to build innovative public school systems.

We support local organizations that fight for educational equity by:

  • 1
    Increasing the power of families — through increased engagement & voting — to ensure they are represented in the political process
  • 2
    Electing leaders of color so that educational change is led and informed by people from the communities most impacted
  • 3
    Advancing local policies that increase fair access to high-quality schools

Our team is made up of experienced advocacy, campaign, government, and non-profit leaders from across the country, including:

Marlon Marshall

CEO

Marlon Marshall is the CEO of City Fund Action. Most recently, he was a founding partner at 270 Strategies. He served as Special Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Director in the Obama White House Office of Public Engagement, Deputy National Field Director for President Obama’s re-election campaign, and States Director for Hillary for America. Marlon hails from St. Louis, Missouri and is a graduate of the University of Kansas. He is a die-hard fan of the Jayhawks and the St. Louis Cardinals, and now lives in Denver with his wife Stacy and their two daughters.

Former Special Assistant to the President in the Obama White House Office of Public Engagement and experienced progressive campaign strategist.

Ambar Calvillo-Rivera

Director of Leadership Development

Ambar Calvillo-Rivera is the Director of Leadership Development with City Fund Action. Most recently, as an independent consultant, she worked on initiatives building diverse leadership pipelines that support leaders of color across the country. Previously, she served as the Vice President of Campaigns at Voto Latino, where she co-conspired with young Latinx leaders to register our communities to vote. She currently lives in El Paso, TX with her wife and their pup, Churro.

Former Vice President of Campaigns at Voto Latino and national leader in building diverse leadership pipelines that support leaders of color.

We are working to tackle the systemic racism and injustice that lie at the root of educational inequity. That’s why we are committed to becoming an anti-racist organization alongside our partners and grantees. We celebrate diversity in all forms and recognize that diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments are critical to achieving our mission.