- Marianne Alto is a Victoria City Councillor and Capital Regional District Director.
- As an elected Councillor, Marianne has been instrumental in bringing open government to the City of Victoria, including a new open data catalogue, increased resources for information technology systems and live streaming of Council and committee meetings.
- With degrees in law and science, Marianne has spent much of her career working to improve transparency in organizations and persuading decision-makers that access to information is key to good governance and decision-making.
- Marianne thinks local government is challenged by the need to balance limited financial resources with the need to provide high quality public services for residents. Marianne values effective public involvement and uses her experience as a facilitator to include citizens in the decisions that affect our neighbourhoods and quality of life in Victoria.
- Currently, Marianne sits on the City of Victoria’s Committee of the Whole and Alternative Transportation Advisory Committee, and is also Council liaison to the Royal Oak Burial Park, Council Liaison to the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations, Council appointee to, and National President of, the Canadian Capital Cities Organization, Council appointee to the Royal and McPherson Theatre Society Board, co-facilitator of the City’s Trans Inclusion Project, and Council’s representative on the North American Indigenous Games bid team. In this term of office, she has also been Council’s appointee to the University of Victoria and to the Boards of the Downtown Victoria Business Association, Tourism Victoria, the Victoria Regional Transit Commission, the Mayor’s Task Force on Social Enterprise and Social Procurement, and the collaborative multi-stakeholder child care initiative. She is currently the council liaison to the Oaklands neighbourhood.
Marianne is also the current Chair of the Capital Regional Hospital District, and Chair of the CRD First Nations Task Force. She is a member of 5 CRD committees: Finance, Parks, Hospitals and Housing, Planning and Protective Services, and Core Area Liquid Waste.
Before being elected to City Council, Marianne volunteered with, was a member of, and held elected positions in many local organizations, among them the Victoria Conservatory of Music, the Oaklands Community Association, the Victoria Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils, Sundance Elementary and Arbutus Middle School PACs, Everywomans Books, AIDS Vancouver Island and the Rock Bay Business Improvement Association. She has also been, at various times, Chair of the BC and Yukon Association of Women’s Centres, national VP of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, an Officer and other Executive member of the BCNDP, national Treasurer of Canada’s NDP, and the Treasurer of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.
Since 1996, Marianne has been principal at Azimuth Research and Consulting, a firm specializing in outcome-based organizational change, facilitation, strategic planning, project management and research, and an occasional member of the Chamber of Commerce.
- Marianne is the proud mom of sons Benjamin and Pasha, and in 2003 married her partner of 16 years.