With Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Austin
About Marcia Zwilling
Marcia began her career as a songwriter in Woodstock, New York. She was published by United Artists Music, co-writing Once in a Lifetime, with Eric Kaz. The song was recorded by both Bonnie Raitt and Patty Loveless.
After moving to Los Angeles, Marcia segued into television where she was hired to run Steve Martin’s production company, 40 Share Productions, at Universal Studios. As Director of Development, Marcia worked with Steve Martin to develop and launch several projects for CBS. A few years later, she accepted the position of Vice President of Current Programming at Lorimar Studios reporting to Les Moonves. During her stint at Lorimar, the studio produced hit series such as Dallas, Knots Landing, Full House, and Family Matters.
One of the shows Marcia supervised was a western called Paradise which instantly ignited her passion for horses again. The show would change the course of her life. She left California and moved to Austin, Texas and returned to school to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in English.
While in Texas, Marcia realized a childhood dream and bought her first horse and soon came up with an idea for a singles’ website called EquestrianSingles.com. The site was the first niche dating site for horse lovers and an instant success. EquestrianSingles.com has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, and on the Today Show and CNBC. In 2007, Marcia appeared as a featured guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
In Austin, Marcia worked as a political consultant serving as Council Member Laura Morrison’s Campaign Manager in her successful run for Austin City Council. Marcia was also a consultant for Mayor Lee Leffingwell’s first run for Mayor.
After his win, Mayor Leffingwell appointed Marcia as his representative to serve on the Austin Music Commission. Most recently, Marcia served as a creative consultant for Gina Hinojosa's successful run for Texas State Representative.
Marcia has initiated changes in both county and city policy. Her Op Ed piece, Dangerous Trucks, featured in the Austin American Statesman, was instrumental in turning an arterial roadway into a No Truck Zone. In 2010, Marcia was selected by
Sheriff Greg Hamilton to serve on a 6 person panel to offer input on the selection of a new precinct captain. In addition, Marcia has worked tirelessly for neighborhoods and for improving flood plain restrictions after the deadly 2013 Halloween Flood in Austin, Texas.
In California, Marcia worked with the Save Our Forest Association, garnering support from renowned actor and environmentalist, Ed Begley Jr. Together, they convinced the San Bernardino Commissioner's Court to dedicate a parcel of forest as open space to protect it from being developed.
Currently, Marcia splits her time between Texas and New York, focusing on numerous writing projects, and other causes she is passionate about.
With Ed Begley Jr., Los Angeles
The Oprah Winfrey Show
Cooper Lake, Woodstock, New York
Paradise Lorimar Television. CBS