Mara Ballard Wiki – Mara Ballard Biography
Mara Ballard is the wife of Nathan Ballard, a high-profile Democratic strategist and adviser to Gov. Gavin Newsom. Her husband is in the spotlight after he was charged with two felony counts of domestic violence after his wife alleged he pushed her into a glass door and attempted to suffocate their 4-year-old daughter with a pillow, Napa County officials said. Public records show Mara Ballard filed for a domestic violence restraining order on Oct. 19, two days after the alleged incident. She filed for divorce in Marin County on Oct. 23.
Ballard has for years been a prominent public relations specialist, with clients including the Golden State Warriors, the Democratic National Committee, and the California Democratic Party. He was Newsom’s communications director when Newsom was mayor of San Francisco.
Mara Ballard Age
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Ballard Accuses Husband of Domestic Abuse
Mara says that her husband pushed her into a glass door and attempted to suffocate their 4-year-old daughter with a pillow, Napa County officials said.
The alleged incident occurred on Oct. 17 during a family weekend getaway at the Carneros Resort and Spa. Ballard’s wife, Mara, reported the episode the next day. Nathan Ballard, 51, declined to make a statement to investigators and was placed under arrest on Oct. 20, according to the Napa County Sheriff’s Office.
He was released on $75,000 bail.
In a statement to The Chronicle, Nathan Ballard said he’s spent his career in crisis communications “fighting on behalf the wrongfully accused, and now for the first time, I really know what it feels like to be in their shoes. I will be exonerated. I love my children more than anything on earth, and we will be reunited.”
Ballard’s attorney, Tony Brass, said the couple went on an overnight vacation to Napa on Oct. 17 with their two young children.
“That night, after they both had too much to drink, they had an argument,” Brass said in a statement Thursday. “Nate was the only one who emerged with any injuries. I saw and documented those injuries firsthand.” Brass said he’s confident his client “will be fully acquitted of these charges after the District Attorney’s Office has a chance to review the facts and learn all sides of the story.”
Nathan Ballard Charges
Napa County Assistant District Attorney Paul Gero said Ballard was charged with one felony count of domestic violence involving his wife and one felony count of child abuse involving their daughter. His next court appearance is scheduled for December 29th in Napa County Superior Court, Gero said. He has not yet entered a plea.
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The sheriff’s officials referred to Mara Ballard as the “adult victim,” and told investigators that the episode transpired after Nathan Ballard had consumed a large amount of alcohol and marijuana. She alleged that Nathan Ballard charged at her and pushed her with both hands in her upper chest, and caused her to hit her head on the glass door, according to Napa County sheriff spokesman Henry Wofford.
Nathan Ballard then stumbled and fell to the ground. The fall caused Ballard to injure his nose and forehead, “causing him to bleed,” Wofford said, quoting a deputy’s report. Ballard then grabbed a pillow and lay on top of the pillow with the 4-year-old girl underneath, the report states.
“According to the victim, Ballard was either unaware of what he was doing or knew he was trying to hurt the child victim,” Wofford said. “She went onto say that Ballard seemed like he was trying to hurt and harm the child victim.”
When the investigator asked the adult victim whether Ballard was attempting to smother or suffocate the child, the victim said it was “a combination,” Wofford said.
“Nate is a well-respected professional and a member of the bar with a spotless ethical record. He has no criminal history,” Brass said. “In his 51 years, Nate has never been accused of, arrested for, nor charged with any crime until Mara made these unsubstantiated allegations against him.”
Brass added that his client “knows that he is not perfect, but he is facing his own challenges head-on.” “After nearly eight years of continuous sobriety, Nate resumed drinking in April 2020, after his father died,” Brass said. “He is now clean and sober again, and he is currently in a residential recovery program to deal with his drinking problem in a responsible, comprehensive manner.”Mara Ballard’s attorney, Amanda Bevins, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.