Gloria Ma’ae was appointed to the Anaheim City Council in September 2021, representing District 2 in west Anaheim and filling a vacancy created by the resignation of former representative Jordan Brandman.
Ma’ae, pronounced “muh-eye,” is a 42-year resident of her west Anaheim neighborhood, where she and her husband have raised their family.
Her goals as a Council member include prioritizing city investment in revitalizing neighborhoods and retail, compassionately but firmly addressing homelessness to ensure residents can enjoy parks and public spaces, increased focus on ensuring residents are safe in their homes and neighborhoods, and encouraging business growth and job creation.
Ma’ae has a long history of community involvement prior to joining the Council. At the time of her appointment, she was a member of the Anaheim Community Services Board, which hears from the nonprofits and advises the City Council on the distribution of federal Community Development Block Grant funding.
Her other past community service includes serving as chair of the North Anaheim Neighborhood Council, a resident group connecting neighborhoods with the city.
She has also been deeply involved in the civic life of the city, serving on the Anaheim Charter Review Commission, which considers updates to Anaheim’s guiding charter for voters to consider, and serving on the Anaheim Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections.
Ma’ae has participated in the Anaheim Police Department’s PACE program, which promotes engagement between residents and their police officers.
She believes in encouraging economic growth to generate revenue that can be reinvested in Anaheim’s neighborhoods. She recently served as a leader in Anaheim First, a community nonprofit formed to foster greater resident input into how the city can direct resources for neighborhood revitalization.
Her passion for neighborhood improvement goes back to efforts by she and her husband to enhance the quality of life in her own neighborhood by organizing monthly flashlight walks, annual neighborhood cleanups and a yearly neighborhood tree lighting at John Marshall Park.
Ma’ae retired after serving for 34 years through 2012 at United Parcel Service Inc.
She will serve the remainder of the current District 2 term through November 2022, and has the option of running for election to represent District 2 through 2026.