Councilmember Mary Snider
Term expires: November 2018
Education: Portland State University, Portland, OR - 1970
Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, OR - 1968-1970
A native of Portland, Oregon, Mary Snider has been a resident in Oro Valley since 1999. After attending Portland State University, she began her 30-year career in healthcare with the Kaiser- Permanente Medical Care Program in the field of healthcare marketing, benefits consulting with Mercer-Meidinger for Fortune 500 companies and medical management consulting. She retired from her private medical practice consulting business in 1999 when her family relocated to Oro Valley, and turned her focus to community advocacy.
In 2003, she founded Project Graduation at Ironwood Ridge High School and collaborated with volunteers from Canyon del Oro High School. Project Graduation is an annual community-sponsored event providing a safe and sober graduation event for more than 800 Oro Valley high school seniors. Snider led Project Graduation at Ironwood Ridge High School until 2008. It has become a model for high schools across Southern Arizona.
In 2012, Snider's dedication to youth resulted in the formation of the Town's first-ever Oro Valley Youth Advisory Council, which seeks to foster civic engagement and give students a voice in the Town's planning and decision-making process.
Snider currently serves as chair of the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona Public Policy Committee, a member of the Arizona Association for Economic Development, a gubernatorial appointee to the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority Board and Board Member of the Amphitheater Public Schools Foundation. She is a board member for the United Way of Southern Arizona, a past board member of the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, an advisory board member of the Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding, a member of the Oro Valley Optimist Club and after ten years of serving on the Oro Valley Community Foundation board, she has transitioned to the Foundation’s Advisory Board.
In 2014, Snider was recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow recognition from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Additionally, she was honored as the inaugural recipient of the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce Legacy Award in 2007, and the 2006 Oro Valley Police Department Citizen of the Year.
Her current term as a Town of Oro Valley Councilmember expires November 2018.
Snider’s husband, Greg, is a retired FBI agent, having recently returned from an 18-month tour in Iraq as a law enforcement advisor to the U.S. Army and Iraqi government. They have been married for more than 40 years. She has two sons, Barrett and Josh. Barrett, a 2002 graduate of University of California-Davis is an advocate for public schools in California. Josh, a 2006 graduate of Ironwood Ridge High School and a 2010 graduate of University of Arizona, is a software development engineer for Microsoft in Redmond, WA.