Bart Marcois -  Former Guest Speaker at the Leadership Institute

President of Marcois Partners International Corporation (MPIC), a Washington, DC-based international business development, public relations and political consulting firm that builds on an extensive network of relationships. 

  • MPIC provides intelligence, analysis and counsel to corporate entities and investors regarding the intersection of politics, government and finance.
  • Director, SARN Energy, DC-based private equity group on energy projects in Eastern/Central Europe.
  • Director, Richard Richards Foundation.
  • Consultant to National Petroleum Council.
  • Consultant to Public-Private Partnership.
  • Advisor to Bahrain American Council, a bilateral trade council.
  • Advisor to University of Bahrain on bilateral trade, economic and academic issues.
  • Consultant on political communications and grassroots operations.
  • Ran statewide grassroots operations for Proposition 8 in CA, 2008.


2011-12: Member, Finance Committee and Member, Energy Advisory Group, for Mitt Romney campaign.

Put together a fundraising group that raised $951,000 for the Romney campaign. Created and managed Finance outreach to Indian-Americans. Recruited over half of the Energy Advisory team for the Romney campaign.  Created outreach groups for grassroots campaigns that recruited 170 volunteers from the DC area for the SC primary, and recruited over 1,200 Hill staff, K Street and other policy professionals for grassroots campaigning from summer until Election Day.  Local precinct captain in Fairfax County, assisted county steering committee throughout 2011 and 2012.


2003 – 2008:  Executive Vice President, RJI Capital Corporation, a Washington, D.C. international investment banking and commercial intelligence firm.

  • Conducted commercial and political intelligence and analysis to evaluate governmental and private sector context for transactions or policy initiatives.
  • Managed government relations in Washington, DC and public relations nationwide.
  • Advised the Embassy of Korea on public relations and outreach, 2006 and 2007.  


2002 - 2003:  Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy

  • International policy advisor to Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham
  • Chief Operating Officer of a $20 million budget and a 120-person staff of senior policy analysts to formulate U.S. domestic and international energy security policy
  • Managed the creation of the new Office of National Energy Policy
  • Security clearances at TS/SCI/Q and codeword levels.


1998 - 2002:  Public Affairs Advisor to Government of Kuwait in Washington, DC

  • Created and implemented a nationwide public diplomacy campaign to educate Americans on the strength and importance of the U.S.-Kuwaiti alliance.  The campaign combined a strategically targeted national grassroots communications program, advertising, and earned media with a robust presence in Washington, DC policy circles.
  • Conducted legislative and political analysis to identify key Members of Congress to educate on the importance of the U.S.-Kuwait alliance and on the threat posed by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. 
  • Focused a public and private education campaign on the congressional districts of selected Members and staff. 
  • Produced a unified, bipartisan consensus that Kuwait was a valuable ally that was worth defending and consulting to craft U.S. regional policy.


1988-1998:   Foreign Service Officer, U.S. State Department

  • Public Affairs Officer at U.S. Embassies in Jordan, Tunisia, Yemen and Kuwait. 
  • Managed U.S. public diplomacy programs, conducting political analysis in the Middle East and Washington, DC.  Fluent in Arabic, Dutch; familiar with French, Spanish.
  • Assisted the development of civil society, the rule of law, and democratic institutions in the context of Islamic societies.
  • Security clearances at TS/SCI/codeword level.


1999-2009:   Worked closely with the Republican National Committee, providing volunteer recruitment and coalition outreach to Chairmen Gillespie, Mehlman, Duncan and staff. 


2009, 2015:  Leadership Institute faculty, teaching Foreign Service Exam preparation.

Bart Marcois