In 2007, frustrated by the lack of real improvement, and as part of the concept development phase for the Haven for Hope Campus, Dr. Marbut conducted a nationwide best practices study of homeless services. After personally visiting 237 homeless service facilities in 12 states and the District of Columbia, he developed The Seven Guiding Principles of Homeless Transformation. Since then, Dr. Marbut has visited a total of 584 operations in 21 states, plus Washington, DC and Mexico City, and has helped dozens of cities to dramatically reduce homelessness.
These Seven Guiding Principles of Transformation are used in all aspects of his work to create holistically transformative environments in order to reduce homelessness.
Dr. Marbut was a White House Fellow to President George H.W. Bush and a former chief of staff to San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros.
He earned a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas in International Relations (with an emphasis in international terrorism and Wahhabism), Political Behavior and American Political Institutions/Processes from the Department of Government.
He also has two Master of Arts degrees, one in Government from The University of Texas at Austin and one in Criminal Justice from the Claremont Graduate School. His Bachelor of Arts is a Full Triple Major in Economics, Political Science and Psychology (Honors Graduate) from Claremont McKenna (Men's) College.
Dr. Marbut also has completed three post-graduate fellowships, one as a White House Fellow (USA's most prestigious program for leadership and public service), one as a CORO Fellow of Public and Urban Affairs and one as a TEACH Fellow in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the State of Qatar (1 of 13 USA educators selected).