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Dr. Gloria Bromell Tinubu Joins The Marianne 2020 Campaign As S.C. State Director

Feb 20, 2019 11:19AM ● By Kathleen Maris

Economist, CEO, former college professor, and public servant Dr. Gloria Bromell Tinubu will serve as the South Carolina State Director and a National Senior Advisor for Marianne Williamson’s Presidential campaign.

“Gloria has dedicated her life to bettering communities through her extensive service in education, business, and elected office,” Williamson said. “Her commitment to the public and experience in state politics will bring invaluable expertise to our campaign.”

Tinubu entered politics in Georgia when she was elected to the Atlanta City Council in 1993 and later became a candidate for Atlanta mayor. She was appointed by Governor Roy Barnes to the Georgia Board of Education in the early 2000s. She continued to serve upon her election to the Georgia General Assembly (HD-60) as a Democrat.

In 2011, Tinubu moved back to South Carolina where she ran for the 2012 Democratic nomination in the newly created 7th congressional district. Despite the many political endorsements backing her opposition, Tinubu ultimately succeeded in securing the Democratic nomination with 72 percent of the votes.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Tinubu was an early Bernie endorser and served as the chair for SC Women for Bernie.

In 2018, Tinubu was selected by Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Phil Noble to be his Lt. Governor running mate.

During her professional career, Tinubu was a tenured professor of economics at Spelman College in Atlanta, where she also served as chair of the department. She was founder and CEO of Atlanta Cooperative Development Corporation and president of Barber–Scotia College, a historically Black college in North Carolina. More recently, she served as economic development director for the City of Georgetown and is currently the state administrator for a national entrepreneurial training program in the states of South Carolina and Georgia.

Tinubu is a South Carolina native and a graduate of Howard University, where she earned a bachelor's in fine arts, and Clemson University, where she was the first African-American woman to earn an master's in agricultural economics. Tinubu then became the first African-American to earn her doctorate in applied economics. For more than 42 years, she has been married to Soji Tinubu, a civil engineer and graduate of Clemson University. They are parents to four adult children and have five grandchildren.

“I'm honored and delighted to join the Marianne Williamson campaign for President as a National Senior Advisor and South Carolina State Director,” Tinubu said. “Marianne brings the visionary and moral leadership that these times require. She has a unique ability to articulate and inspire a deeper national conversation about America's commitment to our democratic ideals and aligning those ideals with issues of justice, particularly, economic, political, social, and environmental. I look forward to helping her take her message to every part of South Carolina.”