Marquis Cabrera

Global Leader of Digital Government Transformation


Marquis is IBM’s Global Leader of Digital Government Transformation, including emerging technologies (i.e. Blockchain). He has advised senior government officials in Switzerland, Oman, Denmark, Australia, Belgium, and Dubai.

Prior to joining IBM, he was CEO of Foster Skills, a social enterprise – supported by AOL Co-Founder Steve Case – focused on citizen-driven social innovation. He also founded two startups:, a first mover in public sector customer experience metrics; and, an upstart Uberizing physical therapy.

Early in his career, Marquis worked for Y-Combinator’s Wefunder to champion the Startup Jobs Act; Wayfair, where he developed brand strategy with HGTV celebrities; Massachusetts Appeals and Supreme Courts, where he helped role out case management system; and the White House Chief of Staff’s Office, where he led efforts to improve Recovery Act reporting requirements.

Marquis has won numerous awards: Boston Globe’s Innovator of the Year, Microsoft Changemaker, Massachusetts Nonprofit Excellence Award, Ashoka’s Child Well-being Champion, Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Fellow, Case Foundation Finding Fearless Award, and tied for 1st place in McKinsey’s Agility Hackathon.

Marquis was a plenary speaker at the White House, Harvard Law, IMF, Boston Children’s Hospital, United Way Youth Venture, and his TEDx talk at Columbia University on ‘How To Build a Social Enterprise’ received 40,000+ views. He has been featured in Reuters, NPR, Sydney Herald, and Forbes. Marquis has a column, Hacking Government, with and blogs for The Huffington Post.

Hillary Clinton nominated him to the Air Force Academy, but he decided to study under former Massachusetts Governor Dukakis and SJC Chief Justice Roderick Ireland at Northeastern University, where he graduated with high honors. Besides work, he loves playing scrabble & basketball, snowboarding, and dancing salsa. Here’s link to personal site: