Elected: September 2014
Current term: expires in 2018
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YouTube: Lauren Kuby
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 5002
Tempe, Arizona 85280
Assistant: Kristin Gwinn
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City Council decisions impact communities for generations. From my perspective, cities are where solutions can really move from “talk” to “walk.” We need to double-down on progress made on the sustainability front. We need to reap the benefits of an ASU partnership and lead the Valley in sparking a resilient, clean-energy economy. We need to restore our parks that define our neighborhoods. We need to transition the homeless into housing and increase affordable and workforce housing.
Those who live in Tempe know that our city is special: it is an urban community with the feel of a small town. It’s second nature for us Tempeans to care for each other and to invest in our people, our infrastructure, and our environment. I bring my ethical, humanitarian, and social-justice values and life experience to the Council and work with others to create a more livable community.
About Councilmember Kuby
Lauren Kuby was elected to the City Council in Tempe, AZ -- her first elected office -- on a sustainability platform in 2014. She is a 29-year resident of Tempe and a long-time community leader who advocates for worker protections, vulnerable populations, and climate-change action, as well as a recognized national champion for cities as incubators of innovation. Veteran journalist Juan Gonzales recently featured Lauren in his book Reclaiming Gotham, citing her as evidence of a growing movement of cities taking progressive action and challenging legislative pre-emption.
As manager of community engagement for Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability, Kuby champions urban sustainability practices and solutions and brings together the ASU community, local small businesses, nonprofits, and neighborhood organizations to address the three Es: Economy, Equity, and the Environment.
As a Councilmember, she has led Tempe's efforts for equal pay, earned sick days, a living wage, animal protection, urban forestry, government transparency, and campaign-finance reform.
Lauren earned a bachelor’s degree in Early American History from the University of Chicago as well as a master’s degree in Public History and certificate in scholarly editing from ASU.
She resides in central Tempe with her husband, Mike, a professor at ASU’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, and their English Bullterrier, Rupert. They have raised two daughters, Nora and Olivia, in Tempe.
Senior Grant Proposal Writer/Editor, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, ASU (current)
Community Liaison/Communications Manager, Center for Environmental Studies, ASU (1997–2004)
Manager, Glacier Games Company (1988–1992)
Public Information Officer/Publications Director, Massachusetts Office of Tourism (1983–1988)
Coordinator, Massachusetts Homeless Hotline Program (1981–1983)
Other Community Service
Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, Board Member
Tempe Cares, Volunteer
Tempe Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Volunteer
Feast on the Street, Organizing Committee
Planned Parenthood Annual Luncheon, Organizing Committee
Tempe Community Council, Board Member
Tempe Community Council Foundation, Board Member
Tempe Leadership Class XXV, (Class Project: Shower Power)
Urban Outreach, Board Member
Tempe Sister Cities, Board Member, Newsletter Editor
ASU Students Action Network for Sustainability, Advisor
ASU RAD Recycling, Advisor
Valley Forward, Board Member
Tempe Preparatory Academy Foundation, Member
Tempe Elementary District #3 Advisory Committee, Member
Connolly Middle School Site-Based Council, Member
- Parent School Support Committee, Member
- Tempe Schools Business Partnership Group, Member
- Hudson Elementary School Site-Based Council, Founder/Chair/Board Member
In 2016, the Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) network named Lauren as one of the country's top municipal elected officials. The Arizona Republic named Lauren as one of the “Top 5 People Who Made a Difference in Tempe,” citing her advocacy on homelessness and environmental issues. Most recently, Arizona Interfaith Power and Light, a diverse group promoting energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy, named her a “Hero for Eco-Justice.”