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 Who is 


Marnie Glickman is an experienced changemaker and local leader. She moved to Portland in 1992 after falling in love with our city’s independent streak, creative people, and abundance of trees. In the more than 30 years since, she has dedicated herself to protecting people, places, and the planet. Now she is eager to make Portland a safer and more livable community for everyone.

Marnie will be a highly effective legislator on the new 12-person Council. She is a strong, honest, and direct communicator who can collaborate with just about anyone and achieve practical compromises — while never compromising her deeply held progressive values.

An organizer at heart, Marnie will offer responsive leadership and top-notch constituent services, always making the people of North and Northeast Portland her highest priority.


Marnie Knows How To Get Things Done.

Marnie has been an effective collaborator, strategist, and colleague to dozens of state, local, and national leaders, including Oregon Congresswomen Darlene Hooley and Elizabeth Furse; US Senator Paul Wellstone (MN); Congresswoman Nita Lowey (NY); Secretary of State Steve Simon (MN); and consumer advocate Ralph Nader. Her first job in Portland was working in the Office of Multnomah County Chair Gladys McCoy and Interim Chair Hank Miggins in 1993. She also worked for EMILY’s List, a national organization dedicated to electing pro-choice women to office.

As an elected trustee to the Miller Creek Elementary School District in San Rafael, California, Marnie helped manage an annual budget of approximately $28 million and co-led a coalition of parents, administrators, and teachers to secure more stable funding. Marnie overcame years of resistance to persuade the board to post district bylaws and policies online and took specific steps to encourage public participation and empower constituents. 

Marnie graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2004 and is a member of the Oregon Bar Association. She currently serves on the boards of Portland’s Echo Theater Company and Portland Fruit Tree Project.

Marnie Fights for Real Safety and
Real Justice.

Marnie learned how to fight and defend herself at Portland’s One With Heart Martial Arts School.  She began her training in 1994, earned her first degree black belt, and teaches martial arts to young children. 

Marnie is a Moms Demand Action volunteer. She has been awarded the 2025 Moms Demands Action Gun Sense candidate distinction and is endorsed by Everytown For Gun Safety Action Fund.

Marnie knows how to lead battles to dismantle racism.  In 2018, Marnie and three Black community members re-started a local racial justice movement to change the name of Dixie School District in San Rafael, CA where she served as a trustee.  The district was named after the pro-slavery Confederacy during the Civil War.  Opponents to the name change pushed back hard.  Marnie and her family were targeted with violent threats for working to change the racist name, and these forces even attempted an unsuccessful recall campaign against her.  The anti-racism campaign was successful, and the school district was renamed Miller Creek in 2019.   

Marnie has supported BIPOC communities advocating for racial justice and environmental justice. While working for Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir from 2014 to 2017,  the group sang with mourners at the site where Michael Brown, an African-American 18-year-old, was shot and killed by a white police officer, in Ferguson, Missouri.  They volunteered at the Mni Wiconi children’s school at the Standing Rock Reservation during the historic gathering of tribes to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline.  They also helped residents of East Chicago, Indiana fighting to protect their health from pollution emitted from BP's largest oil refinery in the world which is located just walking distance from their homes.

flags at standing rock, fighting for water rights

Marnie Brings People Together to Solve
Big Problems.

group of people on the front steps of a building on a sunny day

Marnie taught activists across the country how to lobby their local governments to ban the use of Monsanto’s toxic Roundup in public spaces.  The two biggest victories were in New York.  The state banned the use of Roundup on state property in 2020, New York City ended the use of Roundup on city property in 2021.  She created a National Map of Poisoned Parks and Playgrounds which showed where public spaces were sprayed with Roundup so people could protect themselves, their children, and pets.

Tens of millions of people and elected officials have supported the idea of a Green New Deal featuring policies like creating millions of green union jobs and setting ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.  It has roots in a 2010 effort of which Marnie was one of the leaders.  

Marnie organized a national coalition of hundreds of doctors, professors of medicine, and public health organizations to stop the pharmaceutical industry from spending billions of dollars every year in direct-to-consumer marketing of prescription drugs.  The coalition educated the public and members of Congress that this type of marketing does not lead to better medical care. Instead, the drug ads persuade consumers to demand expensive treatments over less costly ones that are just as effective.  The public interest campaign has not been successful yet, but progress is being made.  In 2015, the American Medical Association voted to support a ban.

Marnie has brought people together to increase the availability of toxic-free, nutritious food. She also worked with parents across the country to kick junk food out of their schools. Marnie helped create the first national public education campaign about the potential harm of genetically engineered food.

Make Marnie your #1

Marnie Glickman in front of a painting
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