Marilyn has spent her career working to empower people to improve their lives through policy change. Prior to joining the Institute, Marilyn was a public health policy practitioner for the Florida Department of Health Tobacco Free Florida program. She was responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating state and local health policy and systems change initiatives. Marilyn managed and maintained a local community coalition that successfully passed tobacco-free policies in the social, public, and private sectors. During her graduate studies, she worked at the Child and Family Research Partnership and interned with Results for America, a nonprofit with a mission to help decision-makers in government use evidence and data to solve challenges.
Most recently, Marilyn was a senior staff member on the City of Dallas Legislative team where she was responsible for assessing the impact of State and Federal legislation. Marilyn received her Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School at the University of Texas at Austin and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida.
At the Meadows Institute, Marilyn has been involved in a broad collection of work within the Adult Policy team. She provides project management support for the Cloudbreak Initiative, a first-in-the-nation collaborative to free people from the disease of depression. She has overseen comprehensive community system assessments for Nueces and El Paso Counties. Additionally, since 2020, Marilyn has managed the Meadows Institute’s Summer Internship Program, which provides a select group of candidates with a personalized experience in nonpartisan policy research and development.