Marcq Sung joined McKnight in January 2022, as a senior program officer with the Vibrant & Equitable Communities program. In this role, he oversees and develops innovative grant portfolios to build a vibrant and equitable future for all Minnesotans with shared power, prosperity, and participation.

Marcq has dedicated his career to working with communities for change. Prior to McKnight, he served as director of program strategy and development for the Community Reinvestment Fund, USA. He created and implemented programs to deploy loan and grant funding to underserved communities throughout the United States. From 2015 to 2019, he worked with the City of Saint Paul in the Planning and Economic Development department as a director of business development, highlighting cultural business corridors, and as a project manager, helping launch Full Stack Saint Paul, a public-private collaboration to support tech focused on underserved communities. He has also served as a financial advisor for RBC Wealth Management with an emphasis on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing, and as a strategic initiatives analyst to benchmark and devise strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for Three Rivers Park District in Plymouth, Minnesota.

Marcq attended graduate school in journalism and mass communication at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities and holds a master’s in business administration with an emphasis on sustainability from Presidio Graduate School. He holds two bachelor’s degrees from St. John’s University in management and communications studies. He is certified as an economic development finance professional and as a sustainability reporter. Additionally, he is a board member of the Coalition of Asian American Leaders. He also serves on Padilla’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Collective and on the Knight Foundation’s community investment advisory committee.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in Los Angeles, Marcq now lives in Minneapolis with his wife and son. He enjoys long hikes along the Mississippi River in three out of the four seasons.

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