Marie Gilmore made local history when she became the first African American to be elected Mayor of Alameda in 2010. Prior to becoming Mayor, Marie first made local history when she was elected as the first African American woman to the Alameda City Council in 2004 (after being appointed in 2003 to complete the term of the late Al Dewitt).
Utilizing her skills honed as an attorney and known for her ability to build consensus, Marie has held leadership positions in Alameda for over 15 years. Before joining the City Council in 2003, Marie was asked to serve on the Recreation Commission. For Marie, that opportunity provided her with a chance to work to improve the parks where her two young children loved to play. Marie went on to serve Alameda families as the Chair of the Recreation Commission and eventually was asked to serve on the Alameda Planning Board, which she did for 8 years and led the Planning Board as president for 2 years.
On the City Council Marie worked 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. Also, her leadership and commitment helped build a brand new public library and she helped implement the renovation of South Shore shopping center.
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.