Assemblywoman Baker Leads Assembly In Adjourning In Memory Of Mary C. Warren
Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) led her colleagues in adjourning today’s Assembly session in memory of Mary C. Warren, a local and national leader who passed away on August 6, 2016, at the age of 94.
"Mary Warren was a dedicated public servant through and through," said Assemblywoman Baker. "Mary demonstrated, throughout her lifetime, an unwavering desire to serve our country and our community. She was also a beloved mentor to women leaders and future leaders from throughout the East Bay. Mary’s positive impact on our community and our nation will never be forgotten, and her memory will continue to inspire countless men and women to take up the mantle of service and leadership."
Mary enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1941, where she served as a supply officer in the Aviation Supply Depot in Oakland for three years, and another four years in the U.S. Navy Reserves.
After completing her Navy service, President John F. Kennedy appointed Mary as Deputy Director of Personnel for the U.S. Post Office. During her time in this post, Mary was instrumental in ushering in policy changes to benefit workers’ rights and women’s equality in the workplace. Mary’s service in the U.S. Post Office continued through President Johnson’s Administration, until President Johnson appointed her to serve on the Civil Rights Commission.
At the end of her service on the Civil Rights Commission, Mary was eager to continue making positive changes, and she set her sights on serving in local government and in political leadership roles. For eight years, Mary served as Elected Director of the East Bay Municipal Utilities District. She was the first female Chair of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, a founder for the Oakland Business Political Action Committee, Vice President of the Coalition of Labor and Business of Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano Counties, a Board Member of the Oakland Coliseum, and worked for the NFL as a co-chair for Superbowl XXIX.
Mary’s dedication to public service and advocacy has not gone without notice in the communities profoundly impacted by her leadership. In 2011, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors proclaimed November 16, 2011, as Mary C. Warren Day, in honor of the 90th birthday, and the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office dedicated a prestigious fellowship program in her name.
To view Assemblywoman Baker’s Adjourn in Memory remarks from the Assembly Floor, visit https://vimeo.com/178515485.