Chris Marvin, Principal

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Chris Marvin is the founder and principal of Marvin Strategies.

An expert on collaborative leadership, Chris relies on professional experience that combines military service, entrepreneurship, and social innovation. He has led multiple efforts to create large-scale cultural change through collaboration between nonprofits, government, foundations, film & television, and corporations. His expertise includes social movements, strategic marketing, shifting cultural perceptions, and collective impact.

Chris leads Marvin Strategies, a strategic communications firm specializing in cultural advocacy through social innovation, civic engagement, and narrative building for organizations and campaigns. He founded the Got Your 6 campaign to advocate for accurate portrayals of military veterans in film, television, and popular media. Chris served for seven years as a U.S. Army officer and Black Hawk helicopter pilot and is a combat-wounded veteran of the war in Afghanistan. Marvin Strategies is certified by the Small Business Association as a service-disable veteran owned small business.

Marvin Strategies’ clients have included HBO, Everytown for Gun Safety, Crooked Media, the USO, the Presidio Trust, A+E Networks, the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Bob Woodruff Foundation, Pepperdine University, the National Conference on Citizenship, the Military Child Education Coalition, Hu Honua Bioenergy, and Thoughtful Robot Productions. In addition, Chris has consulted on film and television projects for Universal Studios, Warner Bros., NBC, PBS, Bravo, HISTORY, SyFy, Cinemax, and Dreamworks Animation.

Chris has been a contributor to MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, and The Huffington Post. He has held fellowship or advisory roles for the Presidio Institute, Truman National Security Project, New Politics, the Bipartisan Policy Center, Habitat for Humanity International, Points of Light, and the 100,000 Homes Campaign. Chris’ work in the veteran community has been recognized by awards from the National Conference on Citizenship, Goodwill Industries, Points of Light, and The Mission Continues. His military awards include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Air Medal.

Chris holds a bachelors from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 

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“Military service is in Marvin’s blood. Two of his great-grandfathers served in World War I. His two grandfathers served in World War II and his father in the Vietnam War. But Marvin feels that his generation of warriors represents an important difference: It was the first to fight in an extended war exclusively as volunteers, not draftees.”
— Christian Science Monitor

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