Councilwoman Mary Zendejas
Arts, Culture, and Tourism (Chair)
Economic Development and Opportunity (Vice Chair)
Government Operations and Efficiency
Mary Zendejas was elected into office on Tuesday November 5, 2019 and sworn into office on December 3, 2019. She is the first Latina wheelchair user to be elected to office in the nation. She has never met a challenge she couldn’t tackle and overcome. As an infant, she was diagnosed with Polio, and later in High School started using a wheelchair daily. Her passion for living and working hard is rooted in seeing her parents, a field hand and factory worker, provide their children a better life. Their hard-work allowed Mary to go to California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and become the first in her family to graduate from college.
Her advocacy dates back nearly three decades starting in high school, where she organized citizenship fairs to help community members follow their American Dream of becoming US citizens. Read the Full Bio Now.