Marilyn Cade

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Region: North America
Country: USA
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Marilyn Cade (1947-2020) was the Principal and CEO of mCADE, ICT Strategies, a consulting firm that provided strategy and advice in Internet governance for clients such as Overstock.[1]

ICANN Involvement

Cade was involved in the group that first formed ICANN. She explained in an interview with the podcast POWER PLAYS that she formed ICANN after having dinner with Mack McLarty, President Clinton's chief of staff, and he suggested she speak with Ira Magaziner, who was at the time developing President Clinton's e-commerce agenda.[2] Cade spoke with Magaziner and they put together the first blueprints for what would become ICANN.

Cade served as a GNSO Councilor, chaired the Business Constituency for three subsequent terms, and was a part of the Executive Committee of the Commercial Stakeholder Group. She also served on the ICANN Nominating Committee, chaired the first WHOIS Task Force and Transfers Working Group, and for three years was an appointee to the ICANN President’s Strategy Group, a bottom-up consultation process within ICANN that led to the support of the ICANN community for the Affirmation of Commitments.

Industry Initiatives

Cade played a significant role in the emergence of the Internet Governance Forum. Cade was Chief Catalyst at Internet Governance Forum USA.


Cade was an avid mentor, eager to help the next generation, women, and citizens of developing countries get involved in Internet governance and contribute to ICANN’s Multistakeholder Model.

ICANN President and CEO Göran Marby said, "Marilyn had strong views and opinions on many matters but always supported the multistakeholder model."[3]

She participated in the:



Technology and related policy issues within AT&T. Ten years in state government and non-governmental organizations.[6]

Cade established mCADE, ICT Strategies in 2005. mCADE ICT Strategies provides advice and consultation on issues related to Internet policy matters: Internet Governance, ICANN, NGN, Internet connectivity/International Internet connectivity, IPv6; DNSSEC; Cyber Security, protecting kids online, and social networks[7].


Marilyn attended Saint Louis University.[8]


  • On U.S. Role in International ICT Community

She was a strong supporter of U.S. interests at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and a member of the U.S. delegation at the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT).[9]

  • On ICANN
    • Newcomer registries and registrars have “parachuted in” and not knowing about the history of ICANN and its value.[10]

Personal Life