Oak Parker replaces Salzman as Boykin chief

Kouri Marshall is county commissioner's second Oak Park chief of staff

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (D-1st), who represents Oak Park, has named another Oak Park resident to succeed former Oak Park Trustee Adam Salzman as his chief of staff.

Boykin announced the appointment of Kouri Marshall to the position in a press release on April 17.

Marshall served most recently as executive director of Democratic GAIN – a 501(c)(6) organization "for progressive political professionals and organizations" according to the group's website – since June 2015.

Democratic GAIN noted in a press release announcing his 2015 appointment that Marshall had previously served as a senior advisor to Washington, D.C., Councilmember Tommy Wells and also served as a campaign manager for D.C. Councilmember Anita Bonds.

Marshall also served as the D.C. director for the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama and as a regional field director for the Truman National Security Project clean energy campaign.

Marshall also is the founding principal of 3K1A Strategies, a Washington, D.C.-based political strategies and public affairs firm.

"I'm thrilled to have Kouri come on board," Boykin said in the press release. "He brings years of leadership experience at the federal and municipal level, and he will serve the 1st District and Cook County well."

Marshall was named a "2016 Rising Star" by Campaigns & Elections magazine for, according to the magazine, "working to build the party's talent base with an eye toward increasing diversity in the ranks of campaign operatives. A former Obama organizer, Marshall ran Obama for America in the District of Columbia in 2012, helping to recruit and mobilize thousands of D.C.-based volunteers into the battleground state of Virginia to push the Obama campaign's effort there."

Boykin stated in his press release that Marshall earned a master's degree in public administration from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

He succeeds Salzman, who resigned as Boykin's chief of staff in November, after about a year and a half in the position.

Salzman resigned as Oak Park trustee in February for a job as executive director of Chicago Legal Clinic.

CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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Judith Alexander from Oak Park  

Posted: April 19th, 2017 8:47 PM

Among Richard Boykin's talents is the ability to sport and recruit talent. Kouri Marshal sounds like a great choice to succeed the very talented Adam Salzman. I and the board of The North Avenue District look forward to working with him.

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