Deputy Director, Community-Based Studies
Marius Johnson-Malone serves as Deputy Director of Community-Based Studies at Better Together. In this role, he develops and implements outreach efforts to directly engage and educate citizens in St. Louis City and County on key issues related to fragmentation, while supporting the research of Better Together’s reports.
Before joining Better Together, Marius served as the Community Programs Coordinator for Beyond Housing, a not-for-profit organization providing ongoing support to low-income families. At Beyond Housing, Marius coordinated a yearlong health and wellness program for 170+ participants, assisted in grant writing to secure funds for health-related programming, and implemented a number of community engagement initiatives, among other achievements.
He began his career in Kansas City, working on Mike Sanders’ successful run for County Executive. In 2008, Marius served as a field organizer for Obama for America. In just a four-month span, Marius developed and implemented a plan to make contact with more than 50,000 voters. He also recruited and trained fifteen team leaders and more than 100 volunteers, preparing them for meaningful fieldwork.
In 2010, Marius joined the Organizing for America team as Regional Field Director. In this role, he created and carried out a detailed field plan, managed a broad GOTV effort, and established relationships with key elected officials and community leaders.
Marius majored in Political Science at Washington University. In addition to his educational and career achievements, Marius is involved in the community. He is the past President of the St. Louis Young Democrats and is a 2014 New Leaders Council Fellow. He currently serves on the board of directors for Safe Connections.