The first woman, and the first Latina, elected as San Diego City Attorney, Mara Elliott has prioritized protecting vulnerable San Diegans, safeguarding taxpayers, and holding polluters accountable. Leading a team of 376 employees, including 167 attorneys, Elliott serves as the chief legal advisor to the Mayor, City Council, and all City Departments; the legal defender of the City and taxpayers in civil lawsuits; and as a prosecutor of misdemeanor crimes and infractions. Elliott’s Office handles more than 20,000 misdemeanor cases, and 200 new civil cases, each year. In addition, she leads the San Diego Family Justice Center, which provides domestic violence and sex trafficking victims and their children with comprehensive services in a safe and private setting.
The first in her family to graduate from college, Elliott worked her way through the University of California at Santa Barbara and McGeorge School of Law. Elliott has dedicated her career to public service. Prior to being elected as City Attorney, she served as legal counsel to public schools, the transit district, the County of San Diego, and as a Chief Deputy City Attorney. Elliott is the immediate past president of the City Attorneys Association of San Diego County and currently serves as the board president of the San Diego Law Library, an organization focused on ensuring access to justice to all members of the community.