Women’s Hall of Fame

Mary Griffin

Mary Griffin of Millbrae, a mother of three and teacher, has been active in both Millbrae politics, serving as councilwoman for 11 years including two terms as mayor, and in County politics, serving as a County Supervisor (District 1) for 13 years. She has dedicated herself to serving the less fortunate with an emphasis on support for and involvement with children, family issues and the elderly. Some of her many achievements include founding the Children’s Executive Council, initiating the development of the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Room (SAFE) in the San Mateo County General Hospital and sharing responsibility for financing and developing three childcare centers – Palcare, Our Place and Garfield School Childcare. Ms. Griffin has taken an interest in aircraft noise impacts and issues related to aircraft operations at nearby San Francisco International Airport, resulting in her testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives Aviation and Infrastructure Subcommittee in Washington, DC on airport noise impacts in affected communities. She was an advocate for funding support for Project REACH, an after school program for special education students while a Millbrae City councilmember. The program continues today under the auspices of PARCA with a modest endowed fund. Her support also opened the doors for the participation of disabled children and teens in programs at the Millbrae Recreation Center. As a member of the Grand Jury Subcommittee, she worked to develop the concept for a Family Visitation Center to help non-custodial parents maintain relationships with their children. Mary Griffin has dedicated countless hours in humanitarian service to improve the quality of education, health care and recreational opportunities in our community.
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