Mayor Mary Manross has been Mayor of Scottsdale since June 2000. She was reelected and began her second term as Mayor in June 2004. Previously, she served two terms as a City Councilwoman from 1992 to 2000.
Mayor Manross has held leadership positions in city government and community, educational and church organizations since she came to Scottsdale in 1972. Among her primary areas of interest have been neighborhood and redevelopment issues and preservation of the McDowell Mountains and Sonoran Desert.
She served six years on the Scottsdale Parks and Recreation Commission, including a term as chairwoman. She spent four years on the Planning Commission and served as vice chair of the Scottsdale Bond Committee in the early 1980s.
Mayor Manross continues to represent her community at the regional, state and national levels. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Arizona League of Cities and Towns and a board member of the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association. She also is a member of the Regional Public Transportation Authority, where she previously served as chair. She also is vice chair of the Maricopa Association of Governments Executive Committee and soon to be Chairman of that organization. She is also a member of the MAG Transportation Policy Committee. She served on the Governor's Task Force on Urban Planning, is a member of the Arizona Town Hall and the League of Women Voters. Manross also participated as chairman of the Maricopa Association of Governments Youth Policy Advisory Committee and as a board member of Arizona Women in Municipal Government. She was a member of the National League of Cities (NLC) Energy, Environment and National Resources Policy Committee. Currently, she is a member of the NLC Transportation, Infrastructure and Services Steering Committee, the primary group responsible for the NLC’s national policy on transportation. Manross currently chairs the MAG Domestic Violence Task Force.
Mayor Manross's past leadership roles in the Scottsdale School District included participation in the Art Masterpiece Program and as a legislative liaison for the Parent Teacher Association.
She was director of the Marriage Preparation Seminars at the Franciscan Renewal Center for 22 years, with more than 15,00 participants. She also served as vice president of the Casa de Paz Y Bien Foundation and as a member of the leadership team for the Valley Interfaith Project.
Mayor Manross has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a teaching credential. She and her husband, Larry, have four children and two grandchildren.