Kate Gallego, a mom in the mayor’s office
March 2, 2020
As one of the youngest mayors of a major American city, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego is the second elected female mayor in Phoenix history.
With the most number of votes ever cast by a Phoenix mayoral candidate, Mayor Gallego was reelected in November 2020.
Mayor Gallego’s devotion to leadership and learning is demonstrated by her educational background. After graduating from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, she went on to the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School to receive an MBA.
Prior to joining the City Council, Mayor Gallego worked in economic development for Salt River Project, one of the biggest energy suppliers in the state.
Mayor Gallego demonstrated her crisis management skills by taking the lead during the COVID-19 pandemic. She addressed the economic impact on companies and communities while working to adopt public health protection measures. Her ability to communicate and work well with others was invaluable in helping Phoenix navigate the pandemic’s uncertainty.
Mayor Gallego is guiding Phoenix toward its objective of being the nation’s most sustainable desert city. She spearheaded the city’s successful cool pavement trial, encouraged investments in cool solutions, including the establishment of the first publicly funded Office of Heat Response and Mitigation in the country, and led the push to construct the electronic vehicle (EV) infrastructure required to ensure a sustainable future.
Mayor Gallego’s political career is dynamic, but her commitment to community well-being, sustainable development, and public service has already left a lasting impact. Her influence on Phoenix’s development and resiliency will endure for years to come as she leads the city of Phoenix into the future.