Marc E. Holloway ’17
As an undergraduate student at Columbia College, Marc E. Holloway ’17 was a linebacker on the University’s football team and was named an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar All-American, a prestigious national collegiate athletic honor. After receiving his B.A. in political science in 2011, he decided to apply the grit and competitive spirit he displayed on the field to a career in business.
Holloway worked as an analyst at Goldman Sachs for three years, then returned to Morningside Heights as a three-year J.D./M.B.A. student. Through the course of earning these dual degrees, he says he has been able to “dig in deeply” into two areas of corporate law—public M&A and private debt. Holloway also got the opportunity to experience up close the different nuances that make up the Columbia Law School and Business School experiences. “The Law School is a much more academic pursuit, with more attention to details,” he says. “At the Business School, there’s more networking and competing for a limited number of jobs.’’
What really pumps up Holloway is the prospect of using activist investing to inspire change in large companies. It is a strategy he is familiar with from summer jobs at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Kirkland & Ellis, which he will join as an associate in the fall. “I really want to work in that space,” he says. “It’s the practice of taking minority equity positions in publicly traded companies and advocating for change to unlock value in companies.”
Holloway’s interest in activism, as well as social justice issues, was certainly spurred during his semesters in-residence at the Law School—he served as the community services coordinator for the Black Law Students Association, and as a staff editor of the Columbia Journal of Race and Law. “I’ve gotten to know a substantial group of enlightened people here on the entire spectrum of moral and political positions,” he says.
Graduating with a deeper understanding of the intersection of law and business, Holloway adds, has made him confident about his career. But he also appreciates the community he joined. “The opportunity to have serious discussions about social problems is one of the things I will take away from Columbia,” he says.