Yassamin Ansari currently serves as the Vice Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona. She is the youngest woman ever elected in Phoenix City Council history and the first Iranian American elected to public office in the state of Arizona. Vice Mayor Ansari represents one of the most diverse districts in the fifth largest and fastest-growing city in the United States.
Since elected, she has enacted policies to create a sustainable and equitable future for Phoenix, including:
Passing Phoenix’s first Climate Action Plan and a separate plan to transition our entire city bus fleet to 100% zero-emission by 2040
Establishing the world’s first publicly funded Office of Heat Response and Mitigation
Directing over $120 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding to projects supporting affordable housing and homelessness like rental assistance which has helped over 19,000 families
Creating the Phoenix Promise Program to help over 800 students pursue two- and four-year degrees through Maricopa Community College
Initiating the addition of several community parks, bus stops, and shade structures, including the creation of two more parks in Laveen: Heritage Park and Farmland Park
Prior to serving in elected office, Ansari worked as a senior policy advisor on the climate action teams of both U.N. Secretaries General Ban Ki-Moon and Antonio Guterres, as well as principal advisor to former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres at Mission 2020. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and her master’s from the University of Cambridge.
City of Phoenix, Council Office
200 W. Washington St., 11th floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003