Marie Pinkney is a Master Level Social Worker who understands the struggles facing many Delawareans. She grew up in Wilmington and New Castle with her great aunt. She attended Howard High School of Technology and Delaware State University for college and graduate school.
Following her schooling, Marie worked at a treatment center for adolescents with mental health and substance abuse problems. She witnessed the impact of the opioid crisis on local youth and their families. Marie knows the school-to-prison pipeline and how it must change. Too many students who are in need of help, resources, and guidance are placed by our justice system on a path to destruction.
As a Trauma Social Worker/Case Manager in the healthcare setting, Marie provides discharge planning services and emotional support for patients and families.
She knows how health insurance impacts treatment outcomes. She has witnessed the impact of gun violence and inadequate gun laws. She understands the prevalence of mental health struggles within communities of color. Marie works alongside working class families who need community-based resources and better insurance coverage. Marie has seen how racial inequities, socioeconomic status, criminal history, and insufficient education make it difficult for vulnerable populations to receive quality healthcare and educational support.
For many years, Marie was a foster parent to a teen mother and her young son. She is an active member of the Christiana Care PRIDE employee resource group that provides support and community for employees who identify as LGTBQIA+. She has dedicated her career to advocating for struggling families. Marie is not a career politician. She is focused on improving a system that too often fails those it is supposed to protect.