California politician and member of the Green Party who became the mayor of Richmond, CA in 2007. She has been a strong advocate for social justice, civil rights, and environmental consciousness.
She matriculated, summa cum laude, from Bridgewater State College before working as a postal clerk, teacher, caregiver for the elderly, and tutor/clinician for children with learning disabilities.
She overcame a well funded offensive by local police and firefighter unions to win re-election in 2010.
She was born in Chicago, Illinois.
She and singer Jello Biafra are both notorious members of the Green party.