Marilyn Ruffin joined One City in July 2017 as the Director of Family and Community Initiatives. In this role, she led our effort to implement the awarding winning Families and Schools Together, Inc. (FAST) program in One City's Preschool and Elementary School. She is also responsible for school admissions and registration, developing partnerships that open doors to awesome opportunities for One City's families and children, and with leading One City's community outreach and engagement efforts.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Marilyn has lived in the Madison area with her husband Jerry since 1991. She is also an electrical engineer, spending more than 20 years in the utility and wireless industries before making a career change to education.
Marilyn is currently an elected member of the Sun Prairie (WI) Board of Education and the first person of color elected to serve in this capacity in Sun Prairie's history. She has also served as a substitute teacher in the Madison Metropolitan and Sun Prairie School Districts, and has volunteered her leadership and expertise with several important community boards and organizations in both cities. Together with Jerry, Marilyn has raised three accomplished children: two sons and one daughter.