Doreen Garlid was elected to the Tempe City Council in 2020. As a member of the Navajo Nation, she made history as the first Native American to be part of the Council. Doreen’s grand uncle was a World War II Navajo Code Talker in the U.S. Marines and her great grandfather was a Navajo Medicine Man. For 45 years, Doreen and her mother have offered free, educational, community presentations about Navajo culture and family life, for which she was recognized in 2020 with the City of Tempe MLK Diversity Award. Doreen’s father was a career Navy man and she is proud to be called a Navy Brat. In the three decades prior to her election, she and her husband, Scott, raised their four children in Tempe where she became involved in local schools, nonprofits, and service organizations. As part of her council service, Doreen serves on the Human Services and Community Safety Committee as Co-Chair and she represents the city as the co-chair on the Maricopa Association of Governments Local Jurisdiction Committee and as the vice-chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) Human Development Federal Advocacy Committee. She is also on the Leadership Circle for the NLC’S Local Indigenous Leaders committee and, a member of the Tempe Impacts Education Foundation, the Tempe Historical Society, the Kiwanis Club of Tempe, the Tempe Women’s Club, South Tempe Rotary and Tempe Leadership Class 34.
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