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MARY GAUDIO

I was born in Phoenix, raised by a disabled, widowed mother. Life was not easy for my family, living on a fixed income of Social Security survivor benefits and disability checks. My mother understood that academic success could open doors to greater opportunity, so she set high expectations for me and my three older brothers. She volunteered at our school and worked with our teachers to help us earn the best grades possible. Mom’s steadfast belief in her children, along with the support and education we received from our neighborhood public schools, lifted us from poverty.

After graduating from Alhambra High School, I attended Arizona State University on a full-tuition Arizona Board of Regents scholarship and later enjoyed a 10-year career in advertising, in both creative and account service roles. During that time, I met and married Joe, my husband of 30 years. As we started a family and our careers began to take flight, I struggled to juggle the demands of work, motherhood, and my role as a caregiver for my ailing mother. I took a pause and focused on my family. In 2000, after Mom’s passing, we moved to the suburbs of Dallas, where I began volunteering in our son’s and daughter’s classrooms.

Over the course of those 15 years living in Texas, I held Board leadership positions in PTAs, Booster Clubs, and Young Men’s Service League of Allen. In 2014, after our youngest entered college, my husband’s career brought us back to the Phoenix area. Wanting to give back to my hometown, I quickly immersed myself in the work of mentoring at-risk youth and serving on leadership councils of nonprofits focused on education and children. What began as a temporary pause in my career led to a life-long passion for serving my community.

The adversity I faced in my youth shaped the compassionate and empathetic leader I am today. I have devoted the past 25 years in service to my community, working to enrich the lives of children and their families. When I see a community in need, I rise to help. I’m running to serve on the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board. I hope to earn your support.

Classroom & Community-Building Experience

 2003-2005 PTA President, Beverly Elementary, Plano Independent School District, Allen, TX

2006-2007 Board Member, Plano Independent School District Council of PTAs

2008-2010 Substitute Teacher, Allen Independent School District 

2010-2012 Young Men’s Service League, President, Allen, Texas Chapter

2015-2017 Leadership Council, Playworks of Arizona

2015-2020 Mentor and Girls’ Circle Facilitator, New Pathways for Youth

Non-Partisan Advocate and Volunteer

2015-Present American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

2021-Present United MSD Foundation, Ambassador

 


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