“Change Makers” highlights the people of Prince William who are making a difference in our community. This month, we feature Bradley Marshall.
How long have you lived in the Prince William area, and what do you most like about living here?
I’ve lived in the area since the early ’90s, not counting time away at college and law school. The thing I like most is the diversity of opportunities, areas, history, recreation and entertainment, cultural events, education and especially people.
What are some of your favorite things to do in the area and why?
I love exploring the rich history of the area dating from colonial days as well as exploring the distinct areas of the county stretching from the river to the mountains.
How have you been involved in the community?
I’m inspired by this quote: “volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.”
I volunteer with SERVE to help the homeless and hungry, CASA to support abused and neglected children, Leadership Prince William to help improve our community, and the PWC Bar Association and Bar Foundation to support youth education and mentoring, veterans and first responders. One of Prince
William’s biggest assets is its myriad volunteer opportunities.
If you had to give advice to someone new to the area, what would you tell them and why?
Get to know as many people and explore as many areas and opportunities as you can. Sometimes people stay in the silo of the area where they live or work or play without exploring the rest of Prince William. If you live in Gainesville, visit Occoquan. If you live in Lake Ridge, visit the National Battlefield. And meet everyone you can in between.
How would you describe yourself in three sentences?
I am an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney focusing on the prosecution of criminal street gangs, violent crime, firearms enforcement, veteran cases and mental health cases, as well as being heavily involved in evidence-based criminal justice reform at the local and state level. I am involved in many civic and service groups in Prince William, and I consider volunteering my number one hobby. I like to work hard as well
as play hard by traveling often, attending sports events and concerts, visiting local restaurants, breweries, wineries and events, and exploring area hidden gems.