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.
While at MMHPI, Marilyn has provided project management support on the Ending Depression Initiative and Nueces County Comprehensive Mental Health Needs Assessment, has assisted in the development of multiple grant submission proposals and manage the 2020 Summer Internship Program.