Updated: Jan 5
“As the Mayor of Compton, I know Marina has the right values and priorities to serve as a strategic partner for any mayor striving to improve lives,” said Mayor Brown.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4, 2021
Contact: Marcos Rodriguez Maciel
LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, Compton Mayor Aja Brown endorsed Marina Torres’ campaign for Los Angeles City Attorney. Marina A. Torres is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California. The endorsement adds to the growing list of elected leaders who have endorsed Torres.
“I am thrilled to have the endorsement of my dear friend, Mayor Aja Brown,” said Torres.
“As the Mayor of Compton, I know Marina has the right values and priorities to serve as a strategic partner for any mayor striving to improve lives,” said Mayor Brown. “As a specialist in economic development and urban planning, I know the importance of creative problem-solving to bring positive systemic change. That means the cooperation between city hall and city attorney. I know Marina is up to these complex tasks of teamwork and leadership.”
Mayor Brown received her degree in public policy, urban planning and development from USC and later a master’s in urban planning with a concentration in urban development. After working for urban planning in Inglewood, Pasadena and Compton, she ran for Compton mayor in 2012, beating both the incumbent and another former mayor.
“I am thrilled to have the endorsement of my dear friend, Mayor Aja Brown,” said Torres. “I admire her dedication and comprehensive approach to systemic change. Compton is lucky to have her. I look forward to working with her to build safer and thriving communities for our citizens, as well as inspiring girls across our metro area to reach their full potential.”
Torres is the daughter of undocumented parents who, like many others, came from Mexico in pursuit of a better life. She was born in Los Angeles County before her parents moved to a struggling neighborhood in the Inland Empire. Her father worked at the Sunkist Factory in Ontario until he passed away when Torres was just two-and-a-half years old. Her single mother worked a variety of jobs to keep the family afloat. As the oldest of three, she helped look after her younger brothers while her mother was at work. Growing up, the fear of her mother’s deportation was never too far away.
Although English was her second language, Torres understood that education was the only way to help her family and community move forward. While working as a cashier at Burger King to afford the fees for her Advanced Placement tests, she graduated near the top of her high school class and was admitted to the University of California, Berkeley when she was just 16 years old. Torres juggled a full class schedule, many student government activities and a 20-hour work week to send money home to help support her family. She graduated in 2004 with a double major in Political Science and Rhetoric, a minor in Ethnic Studies, and with honors.
After college, Torres served as an AmeriCorps Fellow at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, traveling across Illinois to provide litigation aid to migrant farmworkers who were victimized by recruiters and employers. She returned to California to attend Stanford Law School, where she served on the executive board of the Stanford Law Review and was co-president of the Stanford Latino Law Students’ Association. After being appointed by President Obama to work in the Department of Homeland Security, Torres became a federal prosecutor at the United States Department of Justice under President Obama and now under President Joe Biden.
For more information, please visit www.MarinaTorres.com.
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