Marc Farinella is a political communications specialist and the executive director of The Project on Political Reform at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy, one of the world’s leading institutions dedicated to public policy training and research. Additionally, he serves as executive director of Harris' Center for Survey Methodology.
Marc joined Harris in 2012 as the school's first Chief Operating Officer. As COO, he supervised all units within the school and was instrumental in the planning and execution of several major initiatives, including a new master’s degree program, several new academic centers, expansion of internship opportunities, increased involvement by public policy practitioners, and an overhaul of the school’s student recruitment and admissions processes.
Prior to coming to Harris, Marc was a political communications and management consultant and held senior leadership roles in both the policy and political arenas. He served as chief of staff for the Governor of Missouri from 1993 to 1996 and as North Carolina State Director for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.