Marilyn Hempel "is the co-founder of Blue Planet United. Since 1994 she has edited the Pop!ulation Press, and written articles for other publications. She continues to do that and to oversee Blue Planet United projects.
"Marilyn was a member of the NGO delegation to the United Nations International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in 1994. Since participating in the conference, she has given hundreds of speeches to organizations throughout the United States. In 1995 she was a delegate to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China. In 1999, she was chosen to be part of a U.S. NGO delegation sponsored by UNFPA, sent to China to study and observe their emerging voluntary family planning and poverty eradication programs.
"In 2008 she received the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow award from Rotary International, in appreciation of significant work toward the better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.
"Marilyn presently serves on the Board of Directors of Population Communication, and on the Advisory Board of Population Media Center. She has sat on the Boards of Directors of ZPG and the Population Institute.
"Marilyn grew up in Southern California—and in East Africa, where her father was Chief of the Social Research Section of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. She holds a Masters of Education from McGill University (Montreal, Canada), an M.A. from the Claremont Graduate University, and a B.A. from Pitzer College." 
Resources and articles
- [http://www.blueplanetunited.org/bios.html Bios], Blue Planet United, accessed September 13, 2010.