Marilyn Strickland

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Marilyn Strickland
Marilyn Strickland (18655920073).jpg
Mayor of Tacoma, Washington
In office
January 5, 2010 – January 2, 2018
Preceded byBill Baarsma
Succeeded byVictoria Woodards
Personal details
Born1962 (age 55–56)
Seoul, South Korea
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materClark Atlanta University (M.B.A.)
University of Washington (B.A.)

Marilyn Strickland (born 1962) is an American politician and former 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]

During her eight years in office, Strickland was active in the U.S. Conference of Mayors and brought national attention to Tacoma.[4]

After leaving office as Mayor of Tacoma, she became president and chief executive of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.[5]

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.[6]


  1. ^ City of Tacoma Archived 2008-03-29 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 25 October 2012
  2. ^ The Melon Interview with Marylin Strickland Archived 2009-04-30 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 6. March 2010.
  3. ^ Governing Institute, 2015 "Women in Government Leadership Program" honoree
  4. ^ Ruud, Candice (December 29, 2017). "'We've had a good run,' says Marilyn Strickland as she departs the Mayor's Office". The News Tribune. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  5. ^ James, Will (January 20, 2018). "Seattle, meet your new Chamber Of Commerce presidential from Tacoma". KNKX Radio. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  6. ^ "Tacoma Board of Ethics says mayor violated code"

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