Marcus Reese

Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Fast Facts

Current residence: Redondo Beach, Calif.


  • BA, corporate journalism, Auburn University 

 Selected work history

  • Managing Director, LC Public Affairs, 2016-2018
  • Vice President for Government Affairs, Herbalife, 2015-2016
  • Chief of Staff for Public Affairs Practice, Tusk Ventures, 2010-2015
  • Campaign Manager, Dan Donovan for Attorney General, 2010
  • Deputy Campaign Manager, Michael Steele for US Senate, 2006
  • Deputy Director of Coalitions, Republican National Committee, 2005-2006

Marcus Reese, the executive vice president of public affairs for commercial-real-estate giant Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, hasn’t always worked in the corporate world. Prior to 2011, you could have found him on the campaign trail, working for both Democrats and Republicans, including on President George W. Bush’s 2004 campaign, Michael Steele’s 2006 campaign for Senate in Maryland, and Dan Donovan’s 2010 race for New York attorney general.

It was that last race that finally got him off the trail. After working with venture capitalist Bradley Tusk, Reese joined Tusk Ventures, working for five years as chief of staff for the company’s public-affairs practice, representing companies like Uber, AT&T, and Walmart on state and local regulatory matters. He then moved on to dietary-supplement company Herbalife, before setting in at Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield.

Reese, who is currently dealing with the coronavirus-induced real-estate industry slowdown, has experience with crisis communications. He served as vice president for the corporate issues team at Weber Shandwick, where he was responsible for providing legal and crisis-communications counsel for corporate clients such as Unilever, Exxon, and Honeywell.

In April, he helped launch Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield’s #WestfieldCares program, in which the company’s Los Angeles shopping-center properties offered space for blood drives and the corporate office donated food, supplies, and funding to community organizations.

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