Andrew Marin
President and Founder

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Andrew Marin is the President and Founder of The Marin Foundation. He has a BA in Applied Psychology from the University of Illinois-Chicago, an MA in Urban Studies and Social Change from Eastern University, and is currently earning his PhD from St. Mary’s College at the University of St. Andrews in Constructive Theology and Ethics. His research centers on the theology and praxis of social reconciliation between victims and their perpetrators. Andrew is the author of the award winning and bestselling book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive six-session DVD Curriculum (2011), and the ebook Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility Can Save the Public Square (2013).

Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. He regularly lectures and facilitates trainings around the world, and his speech Homophobia and Bridging from within the Evangelical Church, given on Capitol Hill the night before the Inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009, is archived in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC. For twelve years Andrew lived in the LGBTQ Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, where The Marin Foundation headquarters are still located, and he is now based in St. Andrews, Scotland researching and teaching. Andrew is married to Brenda, who also works with The Marin Foundation.


Brenda Marin

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Brenda Marin is a Human Resources Consultant to The Marin Foundation. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in both International Business and Marketing, with a minor in Sub-Saharan African Studies, from Drake University. She also has two Master’s degrees from Benedictine University: an MBA with a concentration in International Business and a Master’s of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior with a concentration in Organizational Development. Brenda has worked on behalf of the U.S. government leading economic development projects throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, and was the Director of Business Operations for a U.S. security firm dealing with both domestic and international clients.

Brenda regularly consults on projects with for- and non-profit organizations, believing that every organization has a soul. She loves assisting organizations to find theirs and then watch them thrive. Brenda also has a strong desire to see LGBTQs and women lifted from the margins to be recognized for their uniqueness and strengths. Brenda currently lives in St. Andrews, Scotland with her husband Andrew.


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