Since her days as a Girl Scout in Scotland, Marilyn Grunwald has always given back to her community. She received the first of many awards when she was 15 years old. She ran the snack bar at her technical school's Friday Night Hop.
Her political activism began in the East San Fernando Valley with the Stop the Recall campaign, mounted to thwart a recall effort by the gun lobby against Hon. David Roberti. At that time. parents throughout the state were reeling from the shock of the Stockton shooting. Marilyn and her husband, David, were concerned for their daughter, Maria.
Volunteering on that successful effort led to being a staffer on the Roberti for Treasurer Campaign. In the 25 years since, she has spent much of her time and talents volunteering on various boards, charities, and political campaigns. She has also worked professionally for several elected officials, the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, and in 2016 for the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley (DPSFV) as part of the campaign headquarters' team.
She was recently appointed to the California Democratc Party (CDP) resolutions committee by Chair, Rusty Hicks. In October, she started her term as part of Assemblywoman Christy Smith's Small Business Advisory Committee. She previously served on the L.A. Taxi Cab Commission, appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Marilyn was also the longest-serving member of the Disabilities Access Commission of the L.A. Dept. of Building & Safety, originally appointed by Mayor James K. Hahn, and re-appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
A past secretary/treasurer of the Southern California Chapter of the National Writers Union, and Disabilities Caucus Chair, she volunteers on committees for Democratic Alliance for Action (DAA), DPSFV, and LACDP, as well as supporting Stonewall Democratic Club and other organizations.
Marilyn Grunwald lives in Santa Clarita, CA. These days, Maria is a public school teacher at Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences, and mother of four.