Marcia K. Horn ICAN President and CEO

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. In January 2013, she was selected as the inaugural chairman of the DIA's national Patient Engagement Community as well as named a grant reviewer for PCORI, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. 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 2014, Marcia was named a PCORI Ambassador. In January, 2016, Marcia was a finalist for the TOPS Award bestowed by the Horace Rumpole Inn of Court in Phoenix for her work at ICAN.

In June 2012, Marcia was named to the Banner MD Anderson Institutional Review Board (IRB) Oncology Panel, where she has been assigned primary or secondary reviewer status working with the IRB's impressive clinicians and researchers. She was named 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, 2013, 2014, and 2015) and the number one Top Rated Breast Cancer Organization (2012) awards from Great Nonprofits and five star ratings on and in addition to Constant Contact's All Star Award for ICAN's e-newsletter. 

In November, 2014, ICAN was selected as the patient advocacy organization for the Stand Up 2 Cancer Dream Team "Molecular Early Detection of Colon Cancer," working with Dream Team Leader Gerrit Meijer, MD, PhD of the Netherlands Cancer Institute and Dream Team Co-Leader Victor Velculescu, MD, PhD of Johns Hopkins. In February, 2015, Marcia was named to the DIA Editorial Board and in April 2015 co-authored an article for the DIA Global Forum with Eric Racine of Sanofi, "Are You Ready? Patient Empowerment is Here to Stay." In March, 2016, Marcia was named the Patient Advocate for the SWOG (Southwest Oncology Group) Early Therapeutics and Rare Cancers Committee, which is part of the National Clinical Trials Network.  

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.

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).


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