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Marti Emerald

Marti Emerald excelled as a broadcast journalist for 30 years before taking the oath of office for the San Diego City Council in 2008. Most notably, Marti was the Consumer Advocate (The Troubleshooter) at San Diego’s ABC television affiliate for 22 years, earning more than 100 awards for community service and journalistic excellence.

Marti continues to work for the public’s interest, and has deep roots in the San Diego community. She served on the Boards of Directors of Catholic Charities, the Better Business Bureau and the Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Centers.

Marti graduated Magna Cum Laude from National University. She lives in the College area.


During her tenure on the San Diego City Council, Marti has focused on repairing the image of City government through fiscal restraint, pension reform and increasing transparency in City government functions. Marti is committed to public safety, serving her fourth year as the Chair of the Public Safety & Neighborhood Services Committee.

Marti is also an advocate for neighborhood services: parks, libraries, recreation centers and community improvement projects. In order to safeguard neighborhood services she has demonstrated her ability to practice conservative fiscal practices. As a member of the Budget and Finance Committee she helps balance the budget and make cost-saving and dollar stretching financial decisions.

She also serves on the Rules, Open Government and Intergovernmental Relations Committee and the Economic Development and Strategies Committee.