Marilyn Berlin Snell is an independent journalist and author whose work has focused on the environment, race + culture, and politics.
Unlikely Ally: How the military fights climate change and protects the environment is her first book, published by Heyday in September 2018. Prior to that, she was staff writer for Sierra, the magazine of the Sierra Club, from 2000 to 2008, and founding director of the magazine’s Investigative Journalism Project. Her freelance work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, New Republic, Los Angeles Times, Discover, California Lawyer, Mother Jones (here and here), and The Nation, as well as “This American Life.” In a previous life, she conducted in-depth interviews for New Perspectives Quarterly.
Although the Covid-19 epidemic suspended operations, Marilyn was co-producer of Question Bridge: White Women in America, (2019-2020), a transmedia project designed to spark questions and answers between people of a specific demographic with wildly diverse opinions and worldviews. View clips here and here.
In 2022, Marilyn and her husband Gregory Williams cofounded Urban Renewable, a climate-smart green-energy and racial-justice nonprofit in South Los Angeles. Urban Renewable is a fiscally sponsored project of Inquiring Systems, Inc. EIN: 94-2524840 .