Marcus LeGrand is a two-time Diversity Achievement Award winner, advocate, and educator at Central Oregon Community College. He is the Afrocentric Program Coordinator, Afrocentric Studies club advisor, and Business instructor. His advocacy and activism span communities where he focuses on establishing holistic support for self-identifying Black and Afrocentric students and their allies to access information to create agency. As a Cadre member for Restorative Justice and Equity, he helps to implement restorative practices for the Central Oregon region.
In 2021, he became the first Black person elected to the role of Director and Vice Chair for the Bend-LaPine School Board, one of the state’s largest school districts. In addition to his work with the college, in 2019, Marcus helped found and sits on the Executive Board for The Father’s Group, a non-profit which upholds the ideas of Youth Education, Leadership, and Community Advocacy. Most recently he was appointed to the Bend Police Chief Advisory Council helping to support better community relations.
Marcus is a Navy veteran who lives in Bend, Oregon, where he co-parents his children with love, education, and family solidarity.