Mara W. Elliott
Mara W. Elliott was elected City Attorney of San Diego in 2016 after serving as the Chief Deputy City Attorney for the Office’s Public Services Section and legal adviser to the City’s Independent Audit and Environment Committees. Mara and the lawyers in her section held polluters accountable, reformed City contracting practices, cut administrative red tape, and strengthened the City’s Living Wage and Non-Discrimination in Contracting Ordinances.
Mara is the daughter of a longshoreman and a secretary. The first in her family to graduate from college, Mara worked her way through the University of California at Santa Barbara and McGeorge School of Law. Prior to joining the City, she was a Senior Deputy County Counsel, where she advised the County of San Diego’s Finance and General Government Group, Public Safety Group, Community Services Group, and Health and Human Services Agency. She also served as Deputy General Counsel to the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board, where she advised on the expansion of public transit, and as general counsel to K-12 and community college districts throughout California.
Mara is the first woman and first Latina to serve as San Diego’s City Attorney. As City Attorney, she pledged to protect the interests of all San Diegans by protecting San Diego’s most vulnerable populations, children and seniors, guaranteeing the responsible management of public funds, fighting for the fairness and efficiency of neighborhood services, building bridges to strengthen San Diego communities, and increasing the City’s vigilance in protecting consumers and the environment.
Mara, her husband, Greg, a college professor, and their two sons live in Scripps Ranch.