Marcus Riccelli was born and raised in Spokane. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Gonzaga University, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington. He served as EAstern Washington Director for U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, and most recently as Senior Policy Advisor to Washington State Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown. Marcus is active in downtown Rotary 21, serves on the Spokane advisory board for Daybreak Youth Services which helps teens struggling with drug and achol addition. He also is an advisor to the Spokane YMCA Youth Legislature Delegation and has served as a City Plan Commissioner. Marcus has been a mainstay in Spokane politics for years, having worked on the campaigns of congressional candidate Don Barbieri, former State Senator Chris Marr, and others.