Community Huddle was founded by Min. Byron G. Marshall, Jr., on September 27, 2015. Birthed out of Marshall's grassroots work serving as a civic organizer, he mobilized communities to engage in the electoral process to ignite change and shape common sense policies by leveraging the collective power of their votes. But with partisan gridlock and political polarization on the local, state, and national levels, Marshall was compelled to expand on his grassroots civic work in a nonpartisan and equitable way; thus he formed Community Huddle.
Community Huddle actively engages our community by providing equitable outreach in the areas of education, civic & voter engagement, and prison & juvenile corrections. Our aim through our outreach is serving to promote civic awareness and peace, reduce recidivism, and disrupt the school-to-jail pipeline.
"Our mission is to work in pursuit of a better quality of life in communities, locally and abroad, by promoting civic awareness and peace."
"Our vision is high quality of life communities, locally and abroad, equitably thriving, where peace abounds."
Community Huddle Staff & Board of Directors
Min. Byron G. Marshall, Jr.
Executive Director & Founder
Ex officio Board Member
Executive Assistant to Min. Marshall
Min. LaQuita Bell
Direct Voter Engagement
Direct Voter Outreach
Social Media Intern
Dr. Josie Veal, PhD
Robert Walker, MBA
Min. Byron George Marshall, Jr.
Executive Director & Founder, Community Huddle
Born on January 9 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a lifelong native, Byron Marshall credits his faith in God, mother, grandmother, and aunt for raising him. He grew up attending his Baptist church since age 3, and almost immediately knew early on in his life "a calling to serve" his community. As a product of his baptist church holistic ministry, Marshall recognized that his church were not only hearers of the word but also doers of the word. Inpired by his pastor, he witnessed first hand the direct impact on the community his church had through their outreach and service which left an indelible impression for what would be his "life's work" to serve.
Aside from his previous tenure serving students in Milwaukee Public Schools, and wanting to expand on his calling to serve and effect change in the community, Marshall worked as a Deputy Field Organizer for Obama-For-Wisconsin, and SRD (Special Registered Deputy) in 2012, where he recruited volunteers to canvass and reach a large volume of voters, and registered voters during the 2012 presidential campaign; he served and organized for other local and state campaigns; participated in "Our Kids Count" Civil Rights March & Rally defending childrens rights to public education in Milwaukee; serves as a mentor to empower children and youth to achieve their goals and pursue higher education; is and remains a tireless advocate for equity and peace; and continues to challenge the "status quo" by working to strengthen communities.
In 2017, then Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett appointed, and later current Mayor Cavalier Johnson reappointed, Marshall to serve on the City of Milwaukee Safety & Civic Commission where Marshall was also elected, by a majority vote of the commission, Safety & Civic Commission Chair. Marshall was also appointed to serve as a member of the City-County Carjacking and Reckless Driving Task Force, also serving on its Engineering Solutions Sub-Committee. In 2021, then Mayor Tom Barrett appointed Marshall to serve as a member of the City of Milwaukee Black Male Achievement Advisory Council (BMAAC). In 2023, Marshall was appointed by Gov. Tony Evers to serve on the Wisconsin National and Community Service Board (WNCSB). Marshall was appointed by Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley to serve a term beginning in January 2024 as an Adult Advisor on the Milwaukee County Youth Commission. Marshall also serves on several boards and committees for prominent organizations in Milwaukee. Marshall ran unsuccessfully for Milwaukee County Board Supervisor in the Spring of 2022 but found overall success with voter outreach within the district, especially among 18 year old voters and earned their votes as first time voters.
Marshall attended Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), and after transferring credits from John Marshall High School, he later earned his high school diploma from Lincoln Academy High School. He is an alumnus of Cardinal Stritch University, and served as a member on the Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Association Advisory Council. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business from Cardinal Stritch University's College of Business and Management, and the Urban Ministry Certificate from Cardinal Stritch University's Religious Studies Department. To further his outreach and ministry aspirations to serve his community, Marshall enrolled at Central Baptist Theological Seminary, KS, then later transferring to Grace Theological Seminary, IN, to pursue the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree. Marshall is a devoted father, and author of two books.
Our History Timeline
Community Huddle is founded on
September 27, 2015 by Min. Byron Marshall, Jr.
Later that year, Community Huddle's Board is established, which comprised 3 founding board members: Min. Byron Marshall, Jr., who served as Interim founding Board Chair, and is also Community Huddle's Executive Director and Founder; Pauline Grant-Jones, CPA, who served dual roles as both founding Board Vice-Chair and founding Board Treasurer; and Ethel Parnell, who served as founding Board Secretary.
Opens First Office
Community Huddle celebrates its 1 year anniversary.
Community Huddle opens its first office located at: 2201 North Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Milwaukee, WI.
1st Annual Peace March
Community Huddle celebrates its 2 year anniversary.
Community Huddle hosts its '1st Annual No Violence Know Peace March' on April 20th, 2017 at Carmen Middle/High School North Campus where over 250 students, residents, and elected officials participated, as our founder, Min. Byron Marshall, led the peace march alongside then Alderman and now currently Mayor Cavalier Johnson.
Community Huddle celebrates its 3 year anniversary.
Community Huddle establishes its 'B. Marshall Scholar' program in hopes of providing outreach to students and youth.
Back to School Program
Community Huddle celebrates its 4 year anniversary.
Community Huddle establishes its Annual Back to School Backpack & Supplies Giveaway Event.
Five Year Milestone
Community Huddle celebrates its 5 year anniversary, and receives a Mayoral Proclamation for its community outreach and service.
Community Huddle moves to new office location and current National Office Headquarters located at: 2745 North Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Milwaukee, WI.
Community Huddle celebrates its 8 year anniversary.
Community Huddle expands regionally and nationally with its 'B. Marshall Scholar' Outreach Program, 'Nonpartisan Voter & Civic Awareness' outreach, and 'Prison & Juvenile Outreach Ministry' program, yet maintains its local accessibility.
Community Huddle expands its 'B. Marshall Scholar' program and operates at 9 schools in 5 different school districts around the country that combined serves over 430,000 students.
Community Huddle also establishes its 'Prison & Juvenile Outreach Ministry' to reduce recidivism and promote civic awareness and civic virtue.
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