Marilyn Strickland was sworn in as Mayor of Tacoma in January 2010, and previously served as a city council member. Born in Seoul, Strickland is a graduate of the University of Washington and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Clark-Atlanta University. She and her husband Patrick Erwin live in the downtown.
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.
During her first term as mayor, Mayor Strickland has worked with business, neighborhoods and the education community to lead efforts including:
Creating the Mayor’s Education Task Force to promote innovation, civic engagement and improved outcomes for student achievement.