Kate Gallego currently serves the City of Phoenix as its councilwoman for District 8, a diverse area that includes everything from one of the world’s busiest airports to one of the world’s largest municipal parks. As a twice-elected member of the Phoenix City Council, Kate has focused her energy on economic development and improving Phoenix’s transportation system. She led the campaign to pass Proposition 104, the city’s transportation plan through 2050. She also spearheaded the successful effort to develop Phoenix Equal Pay Ordinance, working toward pay equity for all residents.
Kate has brought an entrepreneurial spirit and extensive economic development knowledge to her service on the council. Prior to being elected, Kate worked on Strategic Planning and Economic Development for Salt River Project. She earned an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University with a degree in Environmental Science. Kate is the only MBA on the Phoenix City Council.
Councilwoman Gallego is the first woman to represent District 8. She has been recognized with the “Courage” Award from the Girl Scouts Cactus-Pine Council for her work on the Phoenix Equal Pay Ordinance and as Elected Official of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers Arizona Chapter for her work on expanding access to transportation. The Wharton School of Business named her to its inaugural “40 Under 40” alumni list in 2015.