Marilyn Strickland

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Marylin Strickland
Marilyn Strickland (18655920073).jpg
Mayor of Tacoma, Washington
Assumed office
January 5, 2010
Personal details
Born 1962 (age 54–55)
Seoul, South Korea
Political party Non-Partisan
Alma mater Clark Atlanta University (M.B.A.)
University of Washington (B.A.)

Marilyn Strickland (born 1962) is an American politician and Mayor of the City of Tacoma, Washington.


Marylin Strickland was born in Seoul, South Korea where her father was stationed. In 1967 her father was assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington, and the family moved to Tacoma.

Strickland has worked as a marketing manager for Starbucks and as an officer in the Tacoma Public Library System. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Clark-Atlanta University.[1]

She was elected in 2008 for the Tacoma City Council.[2] She is the second African-American, first Asian-American and second woman elected to Tacoma’s highest office.[3]

Ethics violation investigation[edit]

In May 2010 the Tacoma Board of Ethics sanctioned Mayor Marilyn Strickland for accepting frequent flyer miles from a local businessman for an official trip to Asia. Mayor Strickland accepted the sanction and returned the value of the frequent flyer miles to the businessman.[4]


  1. ^ City of Tacoma Accessed 25 October 2012
  2. ^ The Melon Interview with Marylin Strickland Accessed 6. March 2010.
  3. ^ Governing Institute, 2015 "Women in Government Leadership Program" honoree
  4. ^ "Tacoma Board of Ethics says mayor violated code"

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