Marcia K. Horn

Marcia K. Horn is President and CEO of ICAN, the International Cancer Advocacy Network (formerly known as the International Foundation for Anticancer Drug Discovery or IFADD), which is headquartered in Phoenix. She has served as the top executive leader of IFADD/ICAN since Founding Chairman and Chairman Emeritus Sidney M. Rosen, a Phoenix-based attorney with an international practice, launched the organization in 1996.

ICAN has become one of the country's most effective cancer patient advocacy organizations with the mission to accelerate the anticancer drug pipeline at every level. Working in tandem with Chairman of the Board Sherry Weinstein, Marcia and her team are recognized and respected for the unique and tenacious patient advocacy offered by ICAN in its Personalized Medicine Cancer Case Navigation Programs which cover every cancer and cancer subtype and emphasize molecular diagnostics and gene expression profiling.

Commended by patients, physicians, and cancer researchers across the country, Marcia was named, in 2007, an Affiliate Member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the nation's premier professional organization of oncologists, cancer researchers, and leading patient advocates. She was selected, after a competitive application process, for the Drug Information Association's Patient Advocate Fellowship Program for 2012 in Philadelphia, where she received excellent reviews for her two presentations to DIA. In January 2013, she was selected as chairman of the DIA's national Patient Engagement Community as well as named a grant reviewer for PCORI. In March, 2013, Marcia was named a Finalist for the Organization of Nonprofit Executives' "Director of the Year" Award (in the Leader of Distinction category).

In June 2012, Marcia was named to the Banner MD Anderson Institutional Review Board (IRB) Oncology Panel, where she has enjoyed primary or secondary reviewer status working with the IRB's impressive clinicians and researchers. She was announced as a Finalist in Phoenix Business Journal's 2012 Health Care Heroes. Under her leadership, ICAN has received consistent Top-Rated Health Care Organization (2011, 2012, and 2013) and the number one Top Rated Breast Cancer Organization (2012) awards from Great Nonprofits and five star ratings on GreatNonprofits.org and VolunteerMatch.org in addition to Constant Contact's All Star Award for ICAN's e-newsletter.

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Marcia graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 1977 with the Edwin S. Cottrell Prize and the Lindsay Peters, Jr. Prize, the two top departmental honors in Political Science. She received the Hilmer Oehlmann, Jr. Award at Stanford Law School for excellence in first-year legal research, writing, and Moot Court. During law school, she was the highest-rated teaching assistant in Stanford's leading political science class, Major Issues of American Public Policy. She received her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1980. Prior to becoming involved in the War on Cancer, she was a commercial litigator at Streich Lang Weeks & Cardon, P.A. and later in her own practice. Marcia specialized in motion practice and the pretrial preparation of complex cases (trained by Ronald Jay Cohen, Dan M. Durrant, Deana S. Peck, Robert E. B. Allen, and the Honorable Michael Yarnell) as well as appellate litigation (mentored by William S. Hawgood II). A member of the State Bar of Arizona for over 32 years, she is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She was interviewed by the Judicial Nominating Commission for Judge of the Superior Court of Maricopa County in 1989. Marcia has also handled political asylum cases and State Department visa matters for Russian Jewish immigrants on a pro bono basis since 1990.

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Having shaped a board governance structure for ICAN that serves as the standard for a number of other nonprofits, Marcia has served as a planning chairman for Lorman Educational Services' seminars on nonprofit board governance, nonprofit lobbying and legislative activities, board development, ethics, accountability, transparency, and Form 990 issues.

Over the last two decades, Marcia has also served on major nonprofit civic and Jewish community boards in senior leadership positions and was elected the first two-term president of Arizona Opera League in 1986, tripling AOL's revenues. From 1986 to 1988, Marcia chaired the Attorneys' Division for the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix.

Marcia served as Vice Chairman of the United Jewish Campaign in Phoenix in 1987. She was named the first Arizonan to the United Jewish Appeal's National Business and Professional Women's Council. Marcia received the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix's Lee Amada Young Leadership Award in 1989. Following a sabbatical in Israel for six months in 1990, she directed The Taste of Israel radio show (music/news/ interviews) from 1991-1992 on KLFF AM 1360 in Phoenix and oversaw advertising, marketing, and fundraising for the radio program. She has worked with graphic design teams on award-winning arts programs and posters since 1984.

Marcia's arts activism is influenced by having attended the prestigious Academy of the Washington Ballet in Washington, D.C. studying under Mary Day, Anne Bena, Martin Buckner, and Nolan Dingman. The ballet class ethic which encourages an unrelenting pursuit of perfection has served as a guidepost for her work in law, political consulting, nonprofit management, and the War on Cancer. Her interests in lobbying, campaign strategy, and political commentary stem from having been named one of two California delegates to the United States Senate Youth Program (chosen from thousands of applicants) in 1973 as well as from having assisted her younger brother Steve, who as chief political strategist and campaign manager, deftly managed five hotly-contested campaigns for their father Stephen Horn – a five-term Member of Congress representing Long Beach and Lakewood, California (the 38th Congressional District).

In March, 2009, Marcia was named a Foundation Associate of WBL, Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation, which is fast becoming one of the most prominent organizations for top women in health care. In October, 2009, she was asked to join The Health Alliance, a select group of leading women in health care.

Marcia served for three years as a member of the Phoenix Boys Choir Board of Trustees, the governing board of the Grammy Award-winning choir superbly led by Artistic Director Georg Stangelberger. Marcia's son Yoni graduated from PBC's Tour Choir in 2010 following seven years in the Choir and memorable PBC tours to Central Europe, the Midwest, Japan, and Canada. Yoni is now a member of PBC's Masters Choir.

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