Marilyn Brown
Franklin County Commissioner


Marilyn believes that obtaining and maintaining a good job with fair pay and benefits is the best way to escape and prevent poverty, and that all residents of Franklin County should have the opportunity to work and earn a living wage on which to support themselves and their families. She is committed to advancing policies that encourage and incentivize economic development which lead to not only job creation and retention, but to filling those jobs with Franklin County residents while protecting workers’ safety and right to organize.


Marilyn Brown began her service as County Commissioner in January 2007, and was elected to a second term that began in January 2011. She has been selected by her colleagues to serve as Commission President in 2008, 2011, and 2014. Prior to elected office, Marilyn had compiled extensive experience in public service in two major areas – economic development and social justice.

Marilyn is taking a lead role in the planning of the County’s new Correctional Reentry Facility and Forensic Medical Center, and her work as chair of the Franklin County Reentry Coalition and the Chemical Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council (CEPAC) underscores her focus on community safety and security.

On issues of human rights and equality, Marilyn carries her family’s long tradition of Tikkun Olam, or Repairing The World, with her as she works on behalf of women’s rights, diversity and inclusion for all people, and open and accessible access to education, housing, and government. She is a vocal advocate for social justice and progressive issues, and is a leader in the movements for GLBT and marriage equality, for women’s reproductive and educational freedoms, for the reintegration into society’s fabric for ex-offenders, for an ongoing commitment to the care, safety, and education of our County’s youngest residents, and for green and open spaces, community gardens, and fresh nutritious food for every resident.


Marilyn holds a masters’ degree in organizational development from Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. She and her husband, former Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court Eric Brown, have two daughters – Beryl and her husband Andrew; and Daryn. The Browns have three grandsons, Vincent, Max and Alex. She and Eric are members of Congregation Tifereth Israel.

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