“Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.”

-Shirley Chisholm

Marlene Taylor-Crawford is honored to be the newly elected City of Lawrenceville Councilwoman, Post 4. She started the term on January 1, 2022.  She was appointed to serve on the Gwinnett Historical Restoration and Preservation Board starting in 2019. She served as chairwoman from (Jan. 2021- Jan. 2022). She is a member of Community Action Network Initiative (C.A.N.I.) focusing on civics and civic engagement. She is the past President of the United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County, Inc.  She served on the Hooper-Renwick Legacy Preservation Committee. She started her nonprofit organization E.C.H.O.E.S (Ending Child Homelessness Organizing Effective Strategies) for Change. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

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Marlene Taylor-Crawford is unwavering about her commitment to serve. She pursues her passion in education, civic engagement, and advocacy for homeless children, social justice, political action and the preservation of African American History and Culture.


Marlene Taylor-Crawford is proud of her African Caribbean American heritage. She is the daughter of a Cuban father and Jamaican mother. One of her favorite quotes is:

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots”

Marcus Garvey

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Marlene Taylor-Crawford has been recognized and honored for her work as President of the United Ebony Society and her activism in the community. She was honored with Georgia House Resolution1054 from the State Capitol, Rho Kappa Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Community Service Award, Nikki T. Randall Servant Leadership Award by the Women’s Legislative Caucus of Georgia, Trailblazer Award from The Family, Robbie S. Moore Community Service Award, Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 2021 Community Leaders Award, and received recognition for serving on the Gwinnett County Public Schools Inaugural Educational Equity Teams 2020-2021.She has been interviewed by several media outlets over the years such as the Gwinnett Daily Post, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Focus Atlanta, and the BBC America. 


Marlene Taylor-Crawford has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the City University of New York, York College, Master of Science in School Counseling from the City University of New York, Hunter College, Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Human Services from Nova Southeastern University, and an Educational Specialist Degree in Instructional Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.


Awards & Recognition
Nikki T. Randall Servant Leadership Award
Community Service Award Alpha Phi Alpha Award
Charles Hale Soil Collection Ceremony 
One Life Church Inaugural Black Excellence Award
United Ebony Society at Georgia Capital
Award From The Family
New Jerusalem Baptist Church

“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”

–Helen Keller
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Marlene Taylor-Crawford

Councilwoman- Educator- Counselor- Social Activist- Child Advocate

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