Marcus Benigno
ACLU of Southern California, Director of Communications & Media Advocacy

Marcus Benigno is humbled and fortunate to align his activism and creativity with his work. He currently serves as the director of communications and media advocacy at the ACLU of Southern California, where he leads strategic communications and narrative change campaigns on critical issues like voting rights, economic justice, LGBTQ rights, immigrants' rights, police accountability, criminal justice, education, and First Amendment protections.

Before joining the ACLU, Marcus roamed the globe and worked as a freelance reporter in Kathmandu and Cairo, where he covered arts, culture, and sustainable development for numerous outlets including the Nepali Times, Egypt Independent, Public Radio International's America Abroad Media, and the United Nations Integrated Regional Information Network News.

Marcus was named the 2017 Mellon Professor of Practice in the Media Arts & Culture Department at Occidental College. His semester theory and practice course explored the influence of media arts in movements for radical social change.

Marcus was born in Chicago, grew up in Los Angeles, and earned his degree on the snowy slopes of McGill University in Montréal. He majored in International Development Studies and focused his research on post-colonial theory and LGBTQ movements in the Middle East. In his spare time, he climbs rocks, throws clay, and roots for the Cubs.