Richard Marshall is a true “child of Newark”. He attended several public schools in the area, later returning to pursue his BS in Chemical Engineering from NJIT. After some years in industrial and corporate settings, he had brought his skills back to the community that raised him through the world of public service and education. Over the last 13 years, Richard has worked in dozens of public and charter schools across multiple districts. He has served in many distinct roles, mainly as a Science/Math/STEM/STEAM instructor and as a dance teaching artist. This unique experience has created a unique insight of working with the population-at-large in in-school and out-of-school experiences. Richard is currently working at the Newark School of the Arts where has shifted from serving in development/operational support to a full-time director role of program operations. A graduate of The Victoria Emerging Leaders Program and in the current cohort for Leadership Newark for public policy, he continues to be a student in his path to lead others and advocate to the best of his ability. He sits on a school board and is on different committees through his home city that all pertain to children, education, dance, and the arts with Arts Ed Newark being a conduit to many of these great opportunities. As a professional dancer for over 18 years, Richard has been in commercials, music videos, movies, live performances and in competitions on all kinds of stages. Richard strives to live by example and continues to lead an inspirational dance career, using his ability to grow himself and give back. Richard is a now a World DanceSport Federation certified judge, Chair of the rules/eligibility committee under USA Dance Breakin Division, host, and producer of the Break Infinite event series, and is currently creating an educational online academy for aspiring dancers to receive feedback on performance to build deeper learning about judging systems.