Councilwoman Debra Stark
Debra Stark is the District 3 Councilmember on the Phoenix City Council. She has spent her entire career as a public servant in local government. Her first career position was a planner for the city of Phoenix after receiving her Master’s in Planning from Arizona State University. She then went to work for Maricopa County as the Planning Manager where she supervised the Planning Division and worked on the Maricopa County Comprehensive Plan. She then took her knowledge to the city of Peoria as Community Development Director where she managed the operations of the Community Development Department and worked with the Mayor and Council to implement the first design review ordinance for the city of Peoria.
Following her tenure at the city of Peoria, Stark returned to the city of Phoenix as the Planning and Development Director, serving 7 years as Director before retiring from the city of Phoenix in 2012. Never a woman to stay idle, she returned to Maricopa County and served as the Planning and Development Director until resigning in May 2016.
Stark also remains active in the planning industry and her community. She was President of the Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association and was a Board Member for the Arizona Council of the Urban Land Institute. Currently, she serves on the board of the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS and Charter 100. She is also a former member of the Maricopa County Trial Court Selection Commission and past board member of Valley Partnership.
Stark serves as the chair of the Transportation, Infrastructure, and Planning Subcommittee, and is a member of the Economic Development and Equity; and Community and Cultural Investment Subcommittees.
Stark is married to Brian and they are proud parents of a son and daughter.