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Valsin A. Marmillion is recognized as one of the top campaign strategists in the country. He founded Marmillion + Company Strategic Communications (MCo) in 1989 and partnered with Rannah Gray in 2003 to form Marmillion/Gray Media.
The two-time winner of the Public Relations Society of America’s prestigious Silver Anvil awards and other national honors leads a firm that specializes in environment, energy, arts, education, healthcare, government, political and grass root public education and outreach. He currently heads the America’s WETLAND Foundation, an effort to address the devastating loss of Louisiana's coastal wetlands and its resulting economic impact to the rest of the nation.
Several ambitious public education campaigns were launched under Mr. Marmillion’s direction:
- American Psychological Association (Talk to Someone Who Can Help)
- UCLA (Where Great Futures Begin)
- National Association of Counties (Counties Serve America)
- National Endowment for the Arts (The American Canvas)
- National Association of Elementary School Principals (Our Children, Our Schools, Our Future)
- National Conference of State Legislatures (The Forum for America's Ideas)
- J. Paul Getty Trust, for the Arts Education Partnership (Arts Literacy for Changing America)
In 1989, Mr. Marmillion was a partner in the public relations and public consulting firm of Hunt/Marmillion and Associates, which was later acquired by Ogilvy and Mather. Prior to working as manager of public information for Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) in Los Angeles, he was in congressional service in Washington, D.C. where he served on the staffs of the late Senator Allen J. Ellender, Senator Elaine S. Edwards, and Congressman Burt Talcott and as Chief of Staff for then Congressman John B. Breaux.
Mr. Marmillion is a Louisiana native and graduate of Northwestern State University in Louisiana.