Marianne Rosato Romano has always felt a deep connection with elephants. Her mother tells the story of the first time Marianne saw an elephant at the zoo when she was about 2 years of age. Mom said she stared intently at the elephants and began to cry. When asked why she was crying Marianne said “because they are crying."
She passionately believes that as guardians of this planet it is our duty and responsibility to advocate for those without a voice. Protecting & respecting children, animals and our planet is a driving force in her life.
Marianne found out about the elephant crisis and the iWORRY march in August of 2013 while organizing a local art show for a community bank where she served as market development and curator of their art gallery. She acted quickly to join the other 41 cities that were marching and organized the only New Jersey march held in Princeton.
In 2013, while planning the Princeton march, Marianne was connected with elephant advocates who were walking 560 miles from Boston to Washington DC to raise awareness that elephants face extinction. While the team was in NJ Marianne worked closely with Jen Samuel and organized lodging, set up media engagements and hosted a public forum to raise awareness for elephants in Lambertville.
The 2013 New Jersey march was a success with well over a hundred people participating. John Beacher, Dava Troy, John Stien & Zachary Romono provided live music. Professor Andy Dobson of Princeton University was the key note speaker. Participants had the option to march, join a drum circle or set an intention of peace and protection & join other yogi’s in a flowing yoga practice.
On October 4th 2014 Marianne joined the DC march as well as co-labored to organize the Princeton march. Marianne had the honor of addressing both the NJ State Senate and the State Assembly Committees in Trenton NJ on May 5th and May 8th advocate for the bill on social media as well.
Marianne is an assistant treasurer with Hopewell Valley Community bank where she handles market development and social media. She is very active in her community and sits on the following boards: the Lambertville Chamber of Commerce, New Hope-Lambertville Winter Festival, Acme Screening Room and Treasurer of Elephants DC.
Marianne and her husband, Zachary, live in NJ with their 2 dogs, 2 cats and horse Sampson. They are blessed with three adult children: Matthew, Rachelle and Tara; and grandson Brodie.
Dedicated to elephant well-being & ending the ivory trade world-wide!
(Photo by Rebecca Nowalski)
Marianne testified before the New Jersey State Senate and State Assembly this past spring encouraging lawmakers to step up to the plate and act to save elephants from extinction by banning ivory sales at home. Above, Marianne Romano unites for elephants with Senator Raymond Lesniak in Trenton this past June.
Marianne has always felt a deep connection to elephants...