Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft was elected to the Alameda City Council in 2012, served as Vice Mayor from 2012 to 2014, was elected Mayor in 2018, and re-elected in 2022.
Marilyn is a member of the US Conference of Mayors, serves on the League of California Cities (League) Board of Directors, and the League's statewide Housing, Community and Economic Development Policy Committee which she formerly chaired. She also serves on the Executive Board of the League’s East Bay Division and is a former East Bay Division President.
Marilyn is a former President of the Alameda County Mayors’ Conference, and a member of the Mayors’ Conference Homeless Working Group. She represents Alameda at the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and is a member of ABAG's Regional Planning Committee. Marilyn is also Alameda’s representative on the Alameda County Transportation Commission and chairs the Commission’s Programs & Projects Committee.
Before being elected to the City Council, Marilyn served on the Planning Board, Economic Development Commission, and Alameda Hospital Board of Directors. In 2000, she co-chaired the successful campaign to build Alameda's Main Library and renovate our two branch libraries, and in 2002, chaired the successful campaign to keep Alameda Hospital open. Marilyn has also volunteered in our schools and for Meals on Wheels.
Marilyn grew up in Alameda, attended Edison Elementary and Lincoln Middle School and is a proud graduate of Alameda High. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from UC Davis and worked as a Probation Officer in Plumas County before earning a Juris Doctor degree from Santa Clara University School of Law and practicing employment law and civil litigation.
Marilyn and her husband raised their, now adult, twins in Alameda and fondly recall the days of soccer games, Girl Scout and Boy Scout activities, and ARPD summer camps. As the granddaughter of Syrian and Lebanese immigrants, Marilyn is the first Arab-American member of the Alameda City Council.
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