MEET MARSHALL ORSON
Democratic Candidate, District 2, Dekalb County Board Of Commissioners
Marshall Orson was first elected to the DeKalb County School Board in 2012 from District 2 which includes Druid Hills and Cross Keys High Schools, Druid Hills Middle School, Ashford Park, Briar Vista, Fernbank, Laurel Ridge, McLendon, Montclair, Sagamore Hills and Woodward Elementary Schools, the International Community School, the Margaret Harris Center and Fernbank Science Center. Marshall served as Chair of the Board of Education in 2020 and Vice Chair in 2018 and 2019.
Marshall is the founder of the consulting firm Melbourne Partners which provides business development services for intellectual property licensing, acquisitions and partnership transactions as well as media strategy services. He was a co-founder and partner in the media strategy and crisis management firm Devonwood Media. From 1989 to 2001, He worked at Turner Broadcasting including five years as Vice President and General Manager of the Turner Trade Group and held a number of executive business and legal positions at Turner. Prior to joining Turner, Marshall practiced law in the Atlanta office of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker after clerking for federal judge R. Allen Edgar.
Marshall is a graduate of the Duke University School of Law he also received his bachelor’s degree from Duke University. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia. Marshall is a 2001 graduate of Leadership Atlanta and co-chaired its 2003 and 2004 Criminal Justice Day programs. He graduated from Leadership DeKalb in 2020. Marshall is a past President of the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Atlanta.
Mr. Orson has two children who each received all of their K-12 education in DeKalb County schools including in the International Baccalaureate program at Druid Hills High School. His oldest child is a 2018 graduate of Druid Hills and is now a senior at Boston University where she is a member of the varsity soccer team. His youngest child graduated from Druid Hills in 2020 and is now a sophomore at Yale University and also is a member of the varsity soccer team. Mr. Orson attended public school in Miami, Florida and he has a long history of working to support and reform public education and improve opportunities for all children and communities.
Mr. Orson has been married to his wife Peggy for 24 years.