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.
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.