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Deputy Secretary for Elections and Administration

Marian K. Schneider

Marian K. Schneider was appointed Deputy Secretary for Elections and Administration on February 2, 2015. 
In her role, Schneider oversees and supports the following bureaus: Commission Elections and Legislation, Finance and Operations, Human Resources, and Management Information Systems.
Prior to joining the Commonwealth, Ms. Schneider was a Senior Attorney at Advancement Project, a national, non-partisan, non-profit civil rights and racial justice organization based in Washington, DC.  She served as the lead attorney in Advancement Project’s Voter Protection Program in Pennsylvania and Virginia working to remove barriers to voting for voters of color.
Ms. Schneider has been working on election and voting rights issues since 2005.  Her experience includes many aspects of election administration, candidate petitions, contested elections and voting rights. She has served as counsel or consultant on most of the high impact voting rights cases in Pennsylvania over the past decade on behalf of voters. Ms. Schneider is a frequent lecturer and speaker on voting rights issues.
Ms. Schneider spent more than two decades in private law practice, including owning her own law practice, and her breadth of legal experience includes employment law, race, gender and disability discrimination, employee benefits, ERISA, election law, commercial litigation, insurance coverage litigation and commercial transactions.
In her home community, Ms. Schneider previously served for four years as a School Director in the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District.  She was also a member and Secretary of the Easttown Library Foundation Board and worked towards raising the funds for a new state-of-the-art library that opened in 2003.
Ms. Schneider graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania earning a B.A. in Classical Studies/Latin and received her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School where she was a member of the George Washington Law Review.