|Born:||July 8, 1952 (age 67)|
|Career:||Founder, The Peace Alliance|
Founder, Project Angel Food
Founder, Los Angeles and Manhattan Centers for Living
Marianne Williamson is an author, lecturer and activist. She has written 13 books, including four New York Times number one bestsellers. She is the founder of Project Angel Food and the co-founder of The Peace Alliance. She is currently running for president of the United State in the 2020 elections.
Williamson was born in Houston, Texas, on July 8, 1952. She spent two years studying theater and philosophy at Pomona College in Claremont, California, dropping out her junior year and moving to New York City to pursue a career as a cabaret singer. In 1979, she returned to Houston, where she ran a combination metaphysical bookstore and coffee shop. In 1983, she moved to Los Angeles and began lecturing on "A Course in Miracles" in Los Angeles and New York City, and eventually in other cities in the U.S. and Europe. She published her first book, "A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles," in 1992.
Williamson founded the Los Angeles and Manhattan Centers for Living and the Project Angel Food, both of which provided support for victims of the AIDs epidemic in the 1980s. In 2004, she co-founded The Peace Alliance, a nonprofit grassroots education and advocacy organization focused on increasing U.S. governmental support of peace-building approaches to domestic and international conflicts.
In 2014 Williamson ran as an Independent for California's 33rd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives, placing fourth out of 16 candidates.