Marianne Williamson is a multifaceted American figure— an author, speaker, humanitarian, and a recurrent political candidate. Starting her career as a spiritual leader at the Church of Today in Michigan, she gained nationwide prominence as a self-help author with her 1992 best-seller, “A Return to Love.” Her rise to fame was bolstered by frequent appearances on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show, where she was touted as Oprah’s “spiritual advisor.”
In the political arena, Williamson made her debut in 2014 by running as an independent candidate for California’s 33rd congressional district, although she finished fourth. She took a bigger leap in 2020 by running for the Democratic presidential nomination, eventually stepping aside and endorsing Bernie Sanders. Undeterred by past setbacks, she is back for another presidential run in the 2024 Democratic primaries. Her campaign platform is progressive, focusing on raising the federal minimum wage, reparations for racial injustice, tackling climate change, and advocating for a U.S. Department of Peace.
Beyond her public persona, Williamson is dedicated to philanthropy. She founded several charitable organizations, including the Center for Living in 1987, Project Angel Food in 1989, and the Peace Alliance in 1998. She also serves on the board for RESULTS, a nonprofit aimed at creating sustainable solutions for poverty. Her 2024 presidential campaign officially kicked off on March 4, 2023, after preliminary visits to South Carolina and New Hampshire.