Marlene Jennings was born on November 10, 1951, on the South Shore of Montreal. Educated at McGill University in English Literature and Psychology, she completed her Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) at the Université du Québec à Montréal in 1986 and was sworn to the Québec Bar Association in 1988. She also completed part of an Executive M.B.A. Program at Concordia University in 1990.
She has earned more than nine years professional experience in the area of policing, first as a member of the Quebec Police Commission (1988-90) and then as Deputy Commissioner for Police Ethics for the Province of Quebec (1990-97).
Ms. Jennings has gained more than twenty years of community and professional experience with employment equity and communications for women, Aboriginal peoples, and ethnic and racial minorities.
First elected to the House of Commons in June 1997, Ms. Jennings was re-elected as Member of Parliament for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce - Lachine in November 2000. She has served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Cooperation and Parliamentary Secretary to the Solicitor General of Canada. Ms. Jennings is Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology and of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.
Ms. Jennings is the first black woman from Quebec to be elected to Parliament in the history of Confederation.
Ms. Jennings has been married to Luciano Del Negro since 1974 and they have a daughter, Anne-Darla, born in 1992.