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Marie Pinkney

Graduate Student
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
 

Biography

​Marie Porter-Pinkney earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from Norfolk State University in 2012 and a master’s degree in social work from Delaware State University in 2013. She became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2022.

After graduate school, she began working at a treatment center for adolescents with mental health and substance abuse issues. She also became the foster mother to a teen mother and her young son for many years. Marie also worked as a social worker/case manager at ChristinaCare. She has dedicated her career to advocating alongside families seeking
quality healthcare, access to resources, educational support, and government policies that support them.

Sen. Pinkney became the first Black Queer person ever elected to the Delaware legislature in 2020. She is dedicated to fighting the negative impacts of racial and socioeconomic inequalities, as well as the stigmas and hurdles faced by formerly justice-involved individuals and those with limited educational backgrounds.

Marie lives in Bear with her wife, 6-year-old German Shepherd Gandhi and her cat Penelope, aka Penny Proud.​​​

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