About Marlene Taylor-Crawford

Access. Engagement. Transparency.

Let's make the city thrive for all!

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.

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.

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.

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

- Marcus Garvey

2022 Highlights

Addressing policies and procedures focusing on a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion in City government

Face to face meeting addressing the concerns and needs of individuals, communities, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations

Hosting the Inaugural Annual Youth Summer Programs Information Event 2022

Guest speaker at community and school events

Charles Hale Marker Installation - being involved from the very beginning as a member of the Gwinnett Historical Restoration and Preservation Board and later as councilwoman

Collaborating with the Lawrenceville Housing Authority, Gwinnett Housing and Live Norcross to host the Bilingual Housing Expo at Central Gwinnett High School

Ride alongs with the Lawrenceville Police Department and Code Enforcement Director to better understand the needs of the city

Hooper-Renwick Groundbreaking Ceremony: being involved from the very beginning as a grassroots organizer to preserve the school

Attending the City of Lawrenceville Board, Commission, and Committee meetings

Attending forums across the county highly focusing on youth concerns

Ongoing communication with city departments addressing needs and concerns of residents

Goals for 2023

Thrive for All Monthly Newsletter

Create programs for the youth and seniors

Increase community partnerships

Focus on affordable, safe, and livable housing

Increase community engagement and access to resources/services

Focus on mental health services and resources

I want to thank all the employees of the City of Lawrenceville employees, and members of our Boards, Commissions, and Committees. I look forward to continuing my service to our diverse City. Let's Make the City Thrive for All!

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