Marcia K. Horn has been President and CEO of the International Cancer Advocacy Network (ICAN) since 1996. Based in Phoenix, ICAN’s mission is to accelerate the anticancer drug pipeline at every level. One of the most effective cancer patient advocacy organizations in the USA, its Personalized Medicine Cancer Case Navigation Programs cover every cancer and cancer subtype and emphasize molecular diagnostics and gene expression profiling. Under Marcia’s leadership, ICAN has received Top-Rated Health Care Organization (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015) and the number one Top Rated Breast Cancer Organization (2012) awards from GreatNonprofits. 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. Its newsletter is consistently rated as one of the best in the country.
In 2007, Marcia was named an Affiliate Member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). In 2012, she was selected for the Drug Information Association’s (DIA) Patient Advocate Fellowship Program. In January 2013, she became the inaugural chairman of the DIA’s national Patient Engagement Community and was a grant reviewer for PCORI, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. In 2014, Marcia was named a PCORI Ambassador. In June 2012, Marcia was named to the Banner MD Anderson Institutional Review Board (IRB) Oncology Panel and in 2013, Marcia was a Finalist for the Organization of Non-profit Executives’ “Director of the Year” Award (in the Leader of Distinction category). 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. In March, 2009, Marcia was named a Foundation Associate of WBL, Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation, which is fast becoming one of the most prominent organizations for top women in health care. In October, 2009, she was asked to join The Health Alliance, a select group of leading women in health care.
Marcia graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 1977 in Political Science and received her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1980. 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 a commercial litigator at Streich Lang Weeks & Cardon, P.A. and later in her own practice, specializing 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). In 1989, she was interviewed by the Judicial Nominating Commission for Judge of the Superior Court of Maricopa County. Marcia has also handled political asylum cases and State Department visa matters for Russian Jewish immigrants on a pro bono basis since 1990. She is an expert in non-profit board governance, lobbying and legislative activities, board development, ethics, accountability, transparency, and Form 990 issues.
Marcia has also served on major non-profit civic and Jewish community boards and was the first two-term president of the Arizona Opera League in 1986. From 1986 to 1988, Marcia chaired the Attorneys’ Division for the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix. She 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. Marcia’s arts activism is influenced by having attended the 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, non-profit management, and the War on Cancer.