Name: Marilyn Strickland
Organization: the City of Tacoma in Washington
What Makes The Person A Game Changer:
Marilyn Strickland is an American politician and Mayor of the City of Tacoma in Washington. Strickland was born in Seoul, South Korea where her father was stationed and, in 1967, her family moved to Tacoma, Washington, following her father’s change in station to Fort Lewis, Washington.
Mayor Strickland has professional experience in both the private and public sectors. She served as Development Officer for the Tacoma Public Library and has held management positions with the American Cancer Society, Starbucks Coffee Company and JayRay Communications where she worked with Tacoma Public Utilities to help launch Click!Network, America’s first municipally owned telecommunications network.
She is a graduate of the University of Washington and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Clark-Atlanta University. She was elected in 2008 for the Tacoma City Council.
Marilyn Strickland was sworn in as Mayor of Tacoma in January 2010.