In 2016, Mara Elliott became the first woman elected as San Diego’s City Attorney. EMERGE America’s political training program may have given her the tools she needed to run for office, but her desire for justice and community service started when she was a little girl. Encouraged by her family and influenced by their experiences, Mara Elliott became the first in her family to graduate from college and go to law school. She’s now fighting for families and the vulnerable in her San Diego community, and with her role the possibilities for change are endless.
1994 – Graduated with a J.D. in Law at the University of the Pacific – McGeorge School of Law
2002 – Joined the County of San Diego as the Senior Deputy County Counsel
2009 – Joined the City of San Diego as Chief Deputy City Attorney in Public Services
2015 – Graduated from EMERGE America’s training program
2016 – Elected as City Attorney for the City of San Diego