A Morgan Stanley veteran of 23+ years, Marilyn Booker serves as Head of Morgan Stanley’s Urban Markets Group. Prior to establishing The Urban Markets Group, Marilyn was the head of Diversity, Work-Life, EEO and Human Resources Policy for Morgan Stanley. Marilyn is an attorney by training, who has practiced in the areas of criminal defense litigation, municipal finance, corporate bankruptcies and corporate restructuring.
A native of Chicago, Marilyn received her B.A. magna cum laude from Spelman College and her J.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology-Chicago Kent College of Law. Marilyn is a former trustee of the Morgan Stanley Foundation, a member of The Morgan Stanley Benefit Plan Administrative Committee and a former member of the Morgan Stanley Residential Franchise Risk Committee. She is a former board member of the New York Urban League and a member of the Executive Leadership Council. She is also a former board member of the Arthur Ashe Institute of Health and the Michael J. Berkeley Foundation and currently serves as Co-Chair of the legendary Apollo Theater’s Women’s Committee. Marilyn testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations at its hearing on “Diversity in the Financial Services Sector.” She also appeared on “ABC World News Tonight” in a segment on “Women and the Workforce” and was featured in a “CBS MarketWatch Weekend” segment highlighting Morgan Stanley’s Emergency Day Care Program.
Marilyn was recognized by Savoy magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America,” was recognized by Uptown Professional as one of the “100 Top Executives in America” and was honored by the Mt. Sinai Hospital Center for Multi-Cultural Affairs as a Diversity Champion. Marilyn was also selected by the Network Journal as one of the “25 Influential Black Women in Business,” was selected by Harvard College Black Men’s Forum as its “Woman of the Year” and was recently honored by the United Way Pipeline Crisis, the Association for Black Women Attorneys and the Brooklyn, New York, Weeksville Heritage Center. Marilyn was recently honored by the LadyLike Foundation of Los Angeles as its “Woman of Excellence” and was also the keynote speaker for the Wharton Whitney M. Young Conference. She also has her Series 7, 9, 10, and 66 licenses. The proud parent of three lovely children, Marilyn’s interests are golf, tennis, playing the piano and making a difference in the lives of others.