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Mara W. Elliott

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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 Committee and Environment Committee. Mara and the lawyers in her section held polluters accountable, reformed city contracting, cut administrative red tape, and strengthened the city’s Living Wage and Non-Discrimination in Contracting Ordinances. 

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 Groups, 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, her husband, Greg, and their two sons live in the community of Scripps Ranch.