Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft was elected Mayor in 2018. Previously, she was first elected to the Alameda City Council in 2012, served as Vice Mayor from 2012 to 2014, and was re-elected to the City Council in 2016.
Prior to her election to the City Council, Marilyn spent 16 years serving the community as Planning Board Member and President, Economic Development Commissioner, and Alameda Hospital Director. In 2000, she co-chaired the successful campaign to build Alameda’s Main Library and renovate our two branch libraries. Two years later, she chaired the successful campaign to keep Alameda Hospital open. Marilyn has also volunteered in our schools and for Meals on Wheels.
Currently, Marilyn represents Alameda at the League of California Cities, serves on the League’s East Bay Division Executive Committee, and is a member of the Alameda Unified School District/City Council Subcommittee, and AC Transit Inter-Agency Liaison Committee.
Marilyn grew up in Alameda and is a proud graduate of Edison Elementary School, Lincoln Middle School and Alameda High. She served as a Probation Officer in Plumas County before attending law school and practicing employment law and civil litigation, and now works as an arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau. 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 immigrants from Syria and Lebanon, Marilyn is the first Arab-American to serve on the City Council.
Marilyn earned a B.S. from UC Davis and a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law.
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