Mary Ellen Early — From The Democratic National Committee
Mary Ellen Early has represented California as a member of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) since 1988, and was elected to a seventh 4-year term in 2012. Mary Ellen has attended every Democratic National Convention since 1984, and has been a super delegate at each convention since 1992. Mary Ellen is a member of the Western States Caucus, and has served on the Executive Committee of the DNC Women’s Caucus.
In 2000, Mary Ellen served as convener for Vice President Al Gore’s nominating caucus in what was then the 24th Congressional District (now the 27th CD). This caucus helped to select delegates to the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.
An active member of the California Democratic Party Executive Board, Mary Ellen was an Assembly District Chair from 1986 to 1988, a Regional Director from 1988 to 1991, and a member of the Party’s Resolutions Committee from 1993 until 2011, when she was appointed to the Organizational Development Committee. She is the founder and co-editor of the California DNC Press Democrat, a regular newsletter published for the California Democratic Party. She is a member of the Women’s Caucus, the Vice-Chair of the Irish American Caucus, and is Parliamentarian for the Native American Caucus.
Mary Ellen has been active in the Los Angeles Democratic Party since 1985, and is currently Chair of the Community Outreach Committee, and a member of the Finance Committee. She is President of Action Democrats of the San Fernando Valley, and has worked on numerous political campaigns.
Mary Ellen received her BA in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she participates in the Governmental Affairs Advocacy Program, lobbying elected officials on issues of importance to the University of California in general, and UCLA specifically. In 1995, Mary Ellen was appointed as a public member to the California Board of Psychology by the State Senate, and served two four year terms.
A resident of Sherman Oaks for over 35 years, Mary Ellen is employed at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, where she works as an Information Technology Security Analyst.