Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft was elected Mayor in 2018 after serving on the Alameda City Council since 2012, including as Vice Mayor from 2012 to 2014.
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. In 2002, she chaired the successful campaign to keep Alameda Hospital open. Marilyn also volunteered in our schools and for Meals on Wheels.
Marilyn represents Alameda at the League of California Cities, is Vice Chair of the League's statewide policy committee on Housing, Community and Economic Development, and serves on the Executive Committee of the League's East Bay Division. She represents Alameda at the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and is a member of ABAG's Regional Planning Committee. Marilyn is the Vice President of the Alameda County Mayors' Conference and a member of the Alameda County Transportation Commission.
Marilyn grew up in Alameda and is a proud graduate of Edison Elementary, Lincoln Middle and Alameda High. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from UC Davis, then 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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