Molly was born in Downtown Los Angeles at Saint Vincent’s Hospital and was raised in Woodland Hills, a suburb of the San Fernando Valley. Her mother was a stay-at-home mom, and her father was a businessman, and she was raised with three older brothers. Molly was heavily involved in her local community: she sang in the church choir, and was elected President of The Caminaes, an all women club whose mission was to serve community residents.

She had an activist heart from the start – organizing her first environmental protest at 12 years old, to protect the eucalyptus trees where she lived, and rally support to approve the first bike lane project in her neighborhood. That activism also played a role in her school where she organized the first female powder puff football team, empowering women to challenge the status quo.

She attended Hughes Junior High School and Taft High School, and was active on the track team, tennis team, the ski club, and student government where she became the first female Vice President of her Junior High. Molly graduated from Taft High School, and began a successful career as an actor and model, but shortly after decided to go back to school. She attended the University of Southern California and then transferred to Mills College in Oakland, CA, completing her BA, and continued to pursue a career in entertainment.

Molly’s career in Hollywood took a toll on her – however she overcame those personal challenges and struggles and reconnected with her activism and community engagement. Molly began teaching meditation to women at the Brotman Hospital Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Center, where she created a program for women to heal from their addiction and rebuild their self-esteem. Many of these women were on the brink of homelessness. She taught yoga and meditation programs at other domestic violence shelters and rehabilitation facilities and eventually went on to start her own small business: Inside Out Fitness Wellness, with a goal to improve the mental and physical health of those experiencing trauma and abuse, and help empower those women to get back on their feet.

Since then Molly has become a community organizer, Climate Reality Leader trained by Al Gore, environmental and animal welfare activist on the frontlines fighting for progressive values championing the People, Planet, and Animals. She is the progressive champion that the 5th council district needs.

Molly has a compassionate and bold approach to solving the city of LA’s issues. She has worked to aid the homeless in her yoga teaching, along with volunteering at food distribution opportunities. She was head of a committee at Brentwood Presbyterian Church to ensure that our homeless neighbors had food and shelter.

Molly formed The Green Dream Campaign, in partnership with the West LA Democratic Club, working with many organizations and local Democratic leaders across LA County to go GREEN and push for sustainability by 2022. The Green Dream Campaign is founded on nine principles: the Green Dream Code of Ethics which will decrease our carbon footprint and fight the climate emergency impacting our communities.

Time and time again we have seen the constant revolving door of LA City Hall and coronation of power from one elected official to another, preserving the power within political dynasties. The time is now for bold leaders who put the interest of Angelenos before their own, who commit to serve the public and build a brighter future for all our LA neighbors.

Molly Strives to Lead in All Facets of Her Life

  • Co-chair of climate action committee, Sierra Club LA Conservancy Chapter
  • Founder and Head of Wetlands Protection Committee for LA’s Chapter of the Climate Reality Project
  • State National Issues Chair and Gun Violence Forum Organizer for the West Los Angeles Democratic Club
  • Head of Brentwood Presbyterian Church’s Committee to assist homeless people with AIDS (fmr.)
  • Board of LA Mills College Alumni
  • Activist for Defend Ballona
  • Member of the Sierra Club
  • Creator of the Green Dream Podcast, which educates and inspires people to take climate action in their communities.
  • Co-chair of climate action committee, Sierra Club LA Conservancy Chapter
  • Founder and Head of Wetlands Protection Committee for LA’s Chapter of the Climate Reality Project
  • State National Issues Chair and Gun Violence Forum Organizer for the West Los Angeles Democratic Club
  • Head of Brentwood Presbyterian Church’s Committee to assist homeless people with AIDS (fmr.)
  • Board of LA Mills College Alumni
  • Activist for Defend Ballona
  • Member of the Sierra Club
  • Creator of the Green Dream Podcast, which educates and inspires people to take climate action in their communities.

Molly Basler will be a Public Servant and Community Leader. She is not part of the political machine. She will bring new ideas to the LA City Council to create positive change and sustainable solutions for all people to thrive.