For more than 15 years, Mayor Marie Gilmore has devoted her time and energy to protecting the quality of life for residents of Alameda.
As mayor since 2010, she helped rally citywide efforts to increase funding for public schools. She fought to maintain programs for children so they could continue to enjoy essential before and after school activities, youth sports, arts programs and public library services, even in the midst of a historic economic recession.
Mayor Gilmore also led in securing ownership of former Naval Base at Alameda Point from the federal government at no cost to city taxpayers. At Alameda Point new businesses and industries are now opening their doors and creating good jobs. She has also helped bring new businesses and jobs to Alameda Landing, bringing more convenience to local residents and added revenue into the city. She is taking in active role in Alameda’s climate protection through her work with Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda.
Under Mayor Gilmore’s leadership, the City of Alameda has expanded its Sunshine Open Government Ordinance, remained in strong fiscal shape, balanced the budget each year she has been on the council, and put aside reserves for a rainy day. At the same she has fought to strengthen public safety, including ensuring the Fire Department has new boats and trained staff to perform all necessary water rescues. She also represents the City of Alameda on the Alameda Transportation Commission.
From 2003 to 2007, Mayor Gilmore made her mark on the city council through her efforts to restore and open the historic Alameda Theatre, providing residents with a major local movie theatre for the first time in over 25 years and greatly enhancing the vitality of Park Street. She also fought to build Alameda’s brand new public library and implement the renovation of South Shore shopping center.
Before joining the city council, Marie volunteered to serve on the Recreation Commission. For her, the opportunity provided her with a chance to work to improve and make safer the parks where her two young children loved to play. Marie went on to serve Alameda as Chair of the Recreation Commission and eventually was appointed to the Alameda Planning Board, on which she served for eight years, two of those years as Chair.
The daughter of immigrants from the Caribbean island of Dominica, Marie first moved to the Bay Area to earn a bachelor’s degree from Stanford. She met her husband, Rod, while they were attending Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. They moved to Alameda in the 1980s to raise their children, Anthony and Nicole. Marie practiced law for several years before devoting her time to her family and community. Rod, the son of former Oakland City Council Member and civil rights leader Carter Gilmore, is a business attorney and a college football sportscaster for ESPN.