Marie would be the first openly lesbian African-American in the Delaware General Assembly.
Marie Pinkney is a Master Level Social Worker. She began working at a treatment center for adolescents with mental health and substance abuse problems. She witnessed firsthand the impact of the opioid crisis within the state. Additionally, she witnessed the school to prison pipeline up close and personal. Our students are being placed on paths that will lead to destruction by means of our state’s justice system. Marie has also witnessed how insurance or the lack thereof impacted treatment outcomes, as she is currently a Trauma Social Worker/Case Manager in the healthcare setting. She has worked against a shortage of resources, lack of adequate gun laws, and the impact on mental health within communities of color where the prevalence is disproportionately noted.
Marie was a foster parent to a teen mother and her young son for many years. She is an active member of the PRIDE employee resource group that provides support and community for employees who identify as LGTBQIA+. Throughout her career she has seen firsthand how racial inequities, socioeconomic status, criminal history, level of education, etc. negatively impact the lives of vulnerable populations. She has dedicated her career to advocating alongside families battling those factors which weigh heavily on their ability to receive quality healthcare, access to resources, educational support, and even legislation that is inclusive and supportive of them.