Public relations executive Ann Walker Marchant was born on August 18, 1960 in Tuskegee, Alabama to Clarice Dibble Walker, IV and George Henry Walker. Her family later moved to Silver Spring, Maryland, where she attended Rosemary Hills Elementary School and Montgomery Hills Junior High School. After graduating from Georgetown Day School in Washington, D.C., Marchant attended Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York and spent her junior year at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her B.A. degree in liberal arts with a concentration in political science from Sarah Lawrence College in 1982.
After graduating college, Marchant worked for the City of Atlanta’s Parks and Recreation Department as a counselor and program director, helping organize community centers for young people across the city. In 1983, she left this position to pursue her modeling career after winning a contract with Elite Model Management. Marchant modeled for Coca Cola and the Atlanta Merchandise Mart, among others. She began her career in communications at Burson-Marsteller, a global public relations and communications firm based in New York City. In the early 1990s, she was a press secretary for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign. From 1993 until 1999, she served as a deputy assistant and director of research and special projects in the Clinton administration’s White House Communications Office. Marchant also developed the communications practice for the Luxembourg based company, ImagiNations S.A., and served as executive vice president and director of global business development for Weber Shandwick International. In 2000, Marchant founded The Walker Marchant Group, a boutique public relations firm based in Washington, D.C. that provided strategic communications counsel and issues management to global corporate brands like Eli Lilly and Company, Johnson and Johnson and the Toyota Motor Corporation.
In addition to her career as a public relations executive, Marchant served on a number of boards, including the Washington Ballet, Africare, Knock Out Abuse Against Women and the Howard University School of Communications Board of Visitors. In 2011, she joined the George Washington University Board of Trustees.
Marchant has one daughter, Rebecca.
Ann Walker Marchant was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 21, 2019.
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Public relations executive Ann Walker Marchant (1960- ) served for six years as a special assistant and director of research and special projects in the Clinton administration’s White House Communications Office before founding the Walker Marchant Group, a public relations firm in 2000.
Bill Clinton Presidential Campaign
Clinton Administration's White House Communications Office
Weber Shandwick International
The Walker Marchant Group