Mary Manross served two terms as Mayor of Scottsdale from June 2000 to January 2009. From 1992 to 2000, she also was a member of the City Council. Since arriving in Scottsdale 38 years ago, Mary Manross has held leadership positions in government and community, as well as in educational and church organizations. Under her leadership, the City of Scottsdale became a national model for revitalization, preservation and sustainability through creation of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, SkySong, the revitalization of downtown and the Waterfront, and Scottsdale’s nationally recognized environmental programs.
Mary’s leadership and success has been recognized by several organizations. In June 2007 Mary received the national Mayor’s Award for Energy Efficiency at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. Other Awards include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP, recognition as Women of Scottsdale’s “2008 Woman of the Year,” Phoenix Business Journal honor for her contributions to the City of Scottsdale and The State of Arizona, chosen by Scottsdale School Superintendent John Baracy as “A champion for Scottsdale’s youth,” recognition from Gen. Colin Powell for three consecutive years, as Mayor of one of the “100 Best Communities to raise children,” “Preserve Champion” by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, recognition from EPA Director Christine Todd Whitman as the Mayor of the first city in the nation to be accepted into the EPA’s National Environmental Performance Track. As a recognized leader in the environmental movement Mayor, Manross has been an invited speaker at Oracle Corporation’s global convention “OracleWorld” in San Francisco and has also carried the sustainability message to forums throughout the state of Arizona and Lake Tahoe, CA.
Mary Manross’s early leadership roles in the Scottsdale School District included participation in the P.T.A. Art Masterpiece Program, and as a legislative liaison for the Parent Teacher Association. Mary also was an active member of the Junior League of Phoenix. She served six years on Scottsdale’s Parks and Recreation Commission, including a term as chairwoman. She spent four years on the Scottsdale Planning and Zoning Commission and also served as vice chair of the Scottsdale Bond Committee in 1983. In 1994 she teamed up with Senator Barry Goldwater and a citizen’s coalition to help pass the landmark cigarette excise tax initiative to provide medical care to the indigent.
Mary was director and instructor of the Marriage Preparation Seminars at the Franciscan Renewal Center for 22 years, in which more than 16,000 adults participated. She has also served as vice president of the Casa de Paz Y Bien Foundation, as a member of the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters, as a member of the Leadership team for the Valley Interfaith Project and as campaign manager for former Mayor Herb Drinkwater.
As an elected official, Mayor Mary Manross represented her community at the regional, state and national levels. She led the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) as chair, was a member of the Executive Committee of the Arizona League of Cities and Towns and was Chairman of the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association and the Regional Public Transportation Authority. Mayor Manross was also a founding member and leader of the MAG Transportation Policy committee. She served on the Governor’s Task Force on Urban Planning and as a member of the Arizona Town Hall. Manross also participated as chair of both the Maricopa Association of Governments Youth Policy Advisory Committee and the Regional Domestic Violence Council. She also served on the board of Arizona Women in Municipal Government. She was a member of the National League of Cities (NLC) Energy, Environment and National Resources Policy committee, as well as a member of the NLC Transportation, Infrastructure and Services Steering Committee, the primary group responsible for the NLC’s national policy on transportation.
Currently, Mary serves on the board of the Scottsdale Unified School District Foundation, the Partners for Paiute Board and the Scottsdale Leadership Advisory Board.
Mary Manross has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a secondary teaching credential. She attended the University of California at Los Angeles and Minot State University. Mary and her husband, Larry, have four children and two grandchildren.