Kate Gallego

Mayor

Phoenix, AZ

Kate Gallego was elected mayor of Phoenix in 2019. She previously served as a city councilmember for Phoenix's District 8, a diverse area that includes everything from one of the world's busiest airports to the world's largest municipal park. As a member of the Phoenix City Council, Kate 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 and earned an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Kate is the only MBA on the Phoenix City Council.

City Councilmember Gallego was the first woman to represent District 8 and the only member of the Millennial Generation to serve on the council. 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.

Pro-Growth Progressive Ideas Shared

Problem

In 2007, Phoenix experienced 30 days of temperatures of 110 degrees or higher, a record that was matched in 2011 and 2016. During the past 20 years, the average nighttime temperature has increased by nine degrees. According to our research partners at Arizona State University, temperatures will continue to rise. Heat is both a public health and an equity challenge, disproportionately impacting low-income residents, seniors and people of color. Each year, 1,700 Arizonans visit the emergency room or are hospitalized for heat-related illnesses. In 2018, there were 182 confirmed heat-related deaths in Metropolitan Phoenix, according to our partners at Maricopa County Department of Public Health.

Solution

The first of its kind in the nation, HeatReady Phoenix is a platform to help identify, mitigate, track, and respond to the dangers of rising urban heat. This platform focuses on infrastructure, public transportation, housing, and shade, among other areas. Examples of prototypes tested include: a volunteer-led tree planting and maintenance program; volunteer outreach to connect low-income transit users to support during extreme heat events; the piloting of a misted bus shelter; removing regulatory barriers for manufactured shade in the right of way, among others. In collaboration with researchers at Arizona State University, we are developing a heat exposure simulation model that uses data to inform heat mitigation investment.


Problem

The Phoenix City Council has set a goal of Zero Waste by 2050, with an interim goal of diverting from the landfill 40% of trash generated in Phoenix by 2020. Through a partnership with Arizona State University’s Resource Innovation and Solutions Network, the City is focused on creating value and economic development opportunities from solid waste streams.

Solution

Repurposing existing resources, rather than mining non-renewable resources is a sustainable smart investment. To achieve Zero Waste, Phoenix is developing the Resource Innovation Campus. Located on approximately 40 acres of land adjacent to the City’s 27th Avenue Transfer Station, the RIC is key to “transforming trash into resources,” diverting materials from Phoenix’s waste stream to grow a circular economy that supports manufacturing innovation and job growth. The Campus attracts innovators with manufacturing processes and conversion technologies to use trash as a resource. These innovators are also fueling the generation of new manufacturing jobs at the RIC and throughout the community.