Elected: September 2014
Current term: expires in 2022
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Tempe, Arizona 85280
Assistant: Kristin Gwinn
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.
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About Vice Mayor Kuby
Lauren Kuby was first elected to the City Council -- her first elected office -- on a sustainability platform in 2014 and re-elected on March 13th, 2018. She is a 30-year resident of Tempe and a long-time community leader who advocates for worker protections, vulnerable populations, and climate-change action. Lauren is 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 interference in local democracies.
As manager of community engagement for Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability, Lauren 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 Tempe Councilmember, she has led Tempe's efforts for social, economic and environmental sustainability, including: equal pay, earned sick days, green building, animal protection, urban forestry, government transparency, and campaign-finance reform (most recently, the Dark Money amendment to our city's charter
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 a 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. Mike and Lauren have raised two daughters, Nora and Olivia, in Tempe.
Program Manager, Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability (current), since 2018, Senior Sustainability Scientist, 2018 to present
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
Democratic Municipal Officials, AZ, Co-Chair
Democratic Municipal Officials Policy Committee, Co-Director
Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, Board Member
National League of Cities Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Steering Committee, Committee Member
Tempe Cares, Volunteer
Tempe Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Volunteer
Arizona Student Environmental Coalition, Advisor
Feast on the Street, Organizing Committee
Planned Parenthood Annual Luncheon, Organizing Committee
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
2018: Women of Inspiration by University Career Women, ASU
2018: Progressive Champion (finalist) by Local Progress
2016: Top Municipal Elected Official by Democratic Municipal Officials
2014: Top 5 People who made a Difference in Tempe by The Arizona Republic
2014: Hero for Eco-Justice by Arizona Interfaith Power and Light