Name: Marleen Livingstone
Where were you born and raised?
I was born and raised in Upper Darby, PA, just outside of West Philadelphia
What’s a short story around the biggest transition you’ve faced in life?
The biggest transition physically, mentally, and emotionally that I have gone through was becoming a parent for the first time. Having children completely changes your relationships, priorities, goals, and day to day life. My kids also taught me a depth of love that I did not know before they arrived in this world. Over time, I have learned that children can help keep you connected to family, community, and friends in a unique way, if you choose to embrace opportunities to deepen relationships. Being a parent transformed my life and has brought me learning and growth throughout the last 20 years.
What’s the one piece of advice you’d give a younger you?
If I could give my younger self advice, I would emphasize living in the present, living in the moment, and worrying less about the future and the past.
Your Personal Why?
I am compelled to be an agent for change and social justice while serving as an example of integrity and authenticity for others.
How does your Why drive you to be a part of the THF Ecosystem?
Coming to THF is a dream come true for me. As someone with a deep commitment to social justice, I hope to help shine a light on the fact that Veterans in the United States are a vulnerable population in need of a variety of supports. THF is a catalyst for reducing many of the transition-related issues our SOF service members face as they move into civilian life.
Military connection or Why do you respect Special Operators?
My father worked for the VA his entire career. My childhood was filled with BBQs, family celebrations, and other events that included our extended family of men and women who served in the armed forces. My father, an Air Force Veteran, continues to be active in a community of Veterans. Additionally, both of my grandfathers served in the armed forces and my father in law is retired Army CID.
Favorite THF Value, and why?
My favorite THF value is “Be You” with “Bold Behavior” as a very close second. I have made a life around being my authentic self and, even though I have evolved over time, I continue to learn to be the best version of myself every day,
Area/Industry of expertise:
Nonprofit fundraising, strategy, problem-solving, innovation.
Contact Marleen directly at email@example.com.