January 15, 2018 - Eleni Kounalakis Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Kounalakis releases video and attends Los Angeles parade commemorating Dr. King

San Francisco -  Today, Eleni Kounalakis joined Democratic leaders including Senator Kamala Harris and Mayor Eric Garcetti and community activists at the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in Los Angeles. In addition, Kounalakis released a video commemorating Dr. King and calling on all Californians to honor his legacy by working together to fight racism.

“On Martin Luther King Day we must all come together to root out and eliminate racism in all of its forms and ensure that every kid growing up in this state can look to their future with hopefulness and walk the same pathway of the American Dream that I’ve been able to walk in my life. Together we can build a better, stronger California for all of our families and all of our kids.”

Kounalakis comes armed with a growing list of endorsements from prominent Democratic elected officials and organizations, like U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, the California Federation of Teachers, EMILY’s List, Equality California, California State University Employees Union SEIU 2579, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr., Representatives Nanette Barragan, Anna Eshoo, Zoe Lofgren, Doris Matsui, Jimmy Panetta, Eric Swalwell, and Mike Thompson, former State Senator Mark Leno, Assembly members Blanca Rubio and Kevin McCarty, CA Women’s List, and the Fresno, Marin, San Fernando Valley and Ventura County Young Democrats.

Kounalakis is a business woman and diplomat. She was appointed by President Barack Obama as Ambassador to Hungary in 2010. She is a life-long Democrat and five-time delegate to the Democratic National Convention and worked as an advocate for early childhood education as a member of California's First 5 Commission and the Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism.

She was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to lead the California International Trade and Investment Advisory Council and served as a member of the San Francisco Port Commission. Prior to serving our country in the diplomatic corps, she was president of AKT Development Corporation in Sacramento, where she helped deliver tens of thousands of affordable homes for middle-class families. Kounalakis was born and raised in Sacramento and is a graduate of the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and Dartmouth College. She and her husband, Markos, live in San Francisco where they are raising their two teenage sons.

press releaseAmy Zock