Born in 1967 in Santiago, Chile, Marcelo and his parents left Chile in 1972 due to the rise of Salvador Allende and his Marxist regime to power, and eventually settled in Miami, Florida.
Marcelo moved to Mobile, Alabama where he attended the University of South Alabama. During this time Marcelo met his future wife, Cassandra Rogers of Greensboro, became a U.S. Citizen and started a family. He graduated from South Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing-Transportation.
After graduation Marcelo heard the call of his new country and joined the U.S. Air Force. Within a year of service he was promoted to the highly touted position of Intelligence Instructor, an honor generally reserved for personnel much more senior in rank.
After ending his enlistment in the Air Force, they moved to Greensboro and Marcelo was admitted into the MBA program at the University of Alabama with a full-ride fellowship.
While a graduate student he served in the Alabama Army National Guard as a Military Policeman and attended Officer Candidate School.
Marcelo is currently employed as a senior Software Quality Assurance Engineer with EBSCO Industries Inc. in Birmingham.
Having traveled the world with the Air Force and having lived under a Marxist regime and a dictatorship, Marcelo is acutely aware of and values the freedoms we currently enjoy and knows how fragile they are.
Marcelo lived an apolitical life until he worked as a volunteer for Dr. Ron Paul’s presidential campaign in 2007. Since then he helped found the Rainy Day Patriots Tea Party in Birmingham and was instrumental in helping it grow into the largest such group in the state. He is also the immediate former State Coordinator for the Campaign for Liberty in Alabama and has led a number of small-government and anti-tax efforts.
He joined the Shelby County GOP executive committee in 2008 and was elected vice-chairman in 2010. He is also a member of the Alabama GOP State Executive Committee and founder of the Tea Party Caucus. He served as Alabama Campaign Chairman by the Ron Paul Presidential Campaign Committee. He looks forward to serving as an alternate-delegate at the Republican National Convention this August.