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Marni von Wilpert

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Marni von Wilpert
Member of the
San Diego City Council
from the 5th district
Assumed office
December 10, 2020
Preceded byMark Kersey
Personal details
Bornc. 1983 (age 37–38)
Scripps Ranch, San Diego, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of California,
Berkeley (BA)
Fordham University (JD)

Marni von Wilpert is an American attorney politician serving as a member of the San Diego City Council for the 5th district. She assumed office on December 10, 2020, succeeding Mark Kersey.

Early life and education[edit]

von Wilpert was born and raised in the Scripps Ranch neighborhood of San Diego.[1] After graduating from Scripps Ranch High School in 2001, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in peace and conflict studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She then earned a Juris Doctor from the Fordham University School of Law.[2][3]


After graduating from law school, von Wilpert served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana and founded a legal clinic associated with the Mississippi Center for Justice.[4][5] von Wilpert served as a law clerk for James E. Graves Jr. and worked as an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board. She was also a detail staffer on the United States House Committee on Education and Labor and served as an advisor to committee chair Bobby Scott. In 2017, von Wilpert joined the Economic Policy Institute as associate labor counsel.[6][7] Since 2018, she has served as deputy city attorney in the San Diego City Attorney's Office.[8]

In the 2020 election for the San Diego City Council,[9] von Wilpert placed first in the nonpartisan blanket primary and defeated Joe Leventhal in the November general election.[10] She assumed office on December 10, 2020.[11]

In December 2020, she was appointed to serve on the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority board of directors.[12]


  1. "SR residents compete in District 5 race". www.scrippsranchnews.com. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  2. "About Me". Marni Von Wilpert for City Council. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  3. Trageser, Claire. "Von Wilpert Leading Levanthal In Race For San Diego City Council District 5 Seat". KPBS Public Media. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  4. "Teen Health Mississippi Hires Executive Director". AP NEWS. 2018-05-22. Retrieved 2021-01-13.
  5. "Marni von Wilpert". Harvard AIDS Initiative. Retrieved 2020-12-13. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. "Testimony for New York City Council Committee on Civil Service and Labor". Economic Policy Institute. Retrieved 2021-01-13.
  7. "Marni von Wilpert". Economic Policy Institute. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  8. "Marni von Wilpert officially joins the San Diego City Council". Pomerado News. 2020-12-10. Retrieved 2020-12-13. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  9. "Ethics complaints bring new controversy to key San Diego council runoff". San Diego Union-Tribune. 2020-10-22. Retrieved 2021-01-13. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. "Marni von Wilpert". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  11. "Von Wilpert brings to council hands-on experience that fits with San Diego's challenges". San Diego Union-Tribune. 2020-12-07. Retrieved 2020-12-13. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. "Mayor Gloria announces appointments to Airport Authority Board - Mayor Todd Gloria". www.sdnews.com. Retrieved 2021-01-13. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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