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We create communications strategies to deliver fresh messages to new audiences, impact public sentiment, and modify behavior.

Cultural advocacy is the underpinning of positive social change for nonprofits, philanthropy, socially-responsible businesses, and media production.

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Our Media Projects

Watch Voices of Resilience


A documentary short from Thoughtful Robot and Emmy-nominated director Michael Collins in partnership with Marvin Strategies. Originally aired on PBS, the film addresses society’s role in war through the lens of moral injury and resilience. Watch now.


Listen to Reclaiming Patriotism

A podcast from Crooked Media, hosted by Ken Harbaugh with production assistance from Marvin Strategies. Released in July 2019, the series features Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, and other great Americans talking about what patriotism really means in the 21st century. Listen Now.

Our Research and Reports

Understanding Military Spouses

Qualitative marketing research on the military spouse community

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The USO engaged Marvin Strategies to take a deep dive into the lives of military spouses. Using human-centered design principles, the project developed themes and insights by visiting a dozen military installations around the world. The final report was the center piece of the USO’s Salute to Military Spouses in November 2018, and the insights gained have been integral to improving existing USO programs and design new initiatives to support military spouses.

Read the full report - The Backbone of Our Military: Perceptions and Experiences from Modern Military Spouses

Learn about the USO’s initiatives supported by this project


Re-imagining Public Lands

Developing a campus for social innovation on an historic site


The Presidio Trust partnered with Marvin Strategies to conduct research for the future utilization of Fort Scott—a century old former military base now operated by the Trust in association with the National Park Service. The report re-imagined Fort Scott as a campus for social innovation and prepared the Trust to request proposals that would define the future of Fort Scott.

Read the full report - Fort Winfield Scott: Reactivating a Legacy of Service

Learn about the Presidio Trust’s recent work on the Fort Scott project


Advocating for a Modern Military

Exploring innovative ways to reform defense personnel policies

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The Bipartisan Policy Center called on Marvin Strategies to build their Task Force on Defense Personnel. The engagement centered on recruiting diverse and representative task force members from the defense and national security communities. authoring white papers and the final report, and leading a listening tour on military bases across the country. Many of the final report’s recommendations have been incorporated into Congressional legislation, appropriations, and defense policy.

Read the full report - Building a F.A.S.T Force: A Flexible Personnel System for a Modern Military

Learn more about BPC’s Task for for Defense Personnel

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Our Impact Campaigns

Building narratives that will compel audiences to action.

Reclaiming Patriotism , Crooked Media (2019)

Reclaiming Patriotism, Crooked Media (2019)

SIX , HISTORY (2017-18)

SIX, HISTORY (2017-18)

Almost Sunrise , PBS (2017)

Almost Sunrise, PBS (2017)

Quarry , Cinemax (2016)

Quarry, Cinemax (2016)

Our Clients

Marvin Strategies is certified by the Small Business Administration as a service-disabled veteran owned small business.