Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft was elected Mayor in 2018 after serving on the Alameda City Council since 2012, and served as Vice Mayor from 2012 to 2014.
Marilyn represents Alameda at the League of California Cities (League), serves on the League's statewide Housing, Community and Economic Development Policy Committee which she formerly chaired, and is President of the East Bay Division of the League.
Marilyn is currently President of the Alameda County Mayors Conference and a member of the Mayors Conference Homeless Working Group. She also represents Alameda at the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), is a member of ABAG's Regional Planning Committee, and represents Alameda at the Alameda County Transportation Commission.
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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