National Medical Association Professional Development Series

Marcus Escobedo, M.P.A.

Marcus R. Escobedo, M.P.A., is Vice President, Communications and Senior Program Officer at The John A. Hartford Foundation where he develops and implements the Foundation’s communications strategy. Joining the Foundation in 2006 as a member of the program team, he maintains a grants portfolio of initiatives to improve hospital care of older adults, including in the emergency department and surgical settings.

Mr. Escobedo’s career has focused on bringing about social change for vulnerable populations. He previously worked at the Women’s Foundation of California, a statewide community-based foundation that invests in women’s and girls’ organizations in the areas of health, economic development, safety, and leadership. Prior to that, he was Resource Development and Communications Coordinator for Communities in Schools of Georgia, part of a nationwide network of nonprofit organizations connecting community resources to local k-12 schools. Mr. Escobedo taught elementary school in Oakland, California through the Teach for America program.

He served for six years as a board member of Hispanics in Philanthropy, a national non-profit organization dedicated to increasing philanthropic resources to Latino communities. He served as a member of the Community Advisory Board of the Geriatric Emergency Department Innovations through Workforce, Informatics and Structural Enhancements (GEDI-WISE) project at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He has previously served on the board of One Stop Senior Services in the upper west side of Manhattan, as well as the Regional Health Equity Council as part of the Office of Minority Health’s National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (Region II).

Mr. Escobedo received bachelor’s degrees in sociology and communications from the University of Texas at Austin and he earned his master’s of public administration in public and nonprofit management and policy at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.