About Mary Snider

Mary Snider has lived in Oro Valley for more than fifteen years, retiring here in 1999 when her husband's job transfer brought them to Oro Valley. The Sniders chose Oro Valley as their home because of the safe community, beautiful environment, and quality of schools for their youngest son.

After attending Portland State University in Oregon, Mary began a 30-year career in healthcare with the Kaiser-Permanente Medical Care Program in the field of healthcare marketing. She later provided benefits consulting with Mercer-Meidinger for Fortune 500 companies and eventually ran her own private medical practice consulting business. She retired in 1999 and turned her focus to community advocacy in Oro Valley.

Not long after her youngest son began attending Ironwood Ridge High School, Mary realized Oro Valley lacked a safe and sober graduation night celebration similar to the one her eldest son enjoyed in California. After rallying the support of other parents and friends, Mary coordinated efforts with the Amphitheater School District, Oro Valley Town Council, police, fire, businesses and community leaders to establish Project Graduation at Ironwood Ridge High School. She later collaborated with parents and the community to also establish the program at CDO High School. The goal of Project Gradiuation is for the community to work together to reduce incidents of graduation night deaths associated with drinking and drugs by providing graduating students with a safe and fun environment to celebrate. Now in its 11th year and adopted by many high schools, it has become a model for safe graduation nights across Southern Arizona.

Mary's public safety work through Project Graduation did not go unnoticed. She was recognized by the Oro Valley Police Department as the Citizen of the Year for 2006. Mary was also awarded the first "Legacy Award" from the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce in 2007 for her contributions to the community.

In 2008, then Governor Janet Napolitano appointed Mary to the state's Automobile Theft Authority Board, and in 2012 Governor Jan Brewer reappointed her to a second term where she serves today.

Mary also serves as a board member to the Amphi Public Schools Foundation, the Oro Valley Community Foundation and United Way of Southern Arizona and a past board member of the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. After the tragic events in Tucson of January, 2011, Mary was asked to serve as an advisory board member of the Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding. She is also a member of the Oro Valley Optimist Club.

In 2012, Mary’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.

In 2013, Snider instituted Spotlight on Youth, a monthly honoring of our community’s youth and their achievements.

In the March 2010 Primary election for Oro Valley Town Council, Mary was elected outright, receiving 62% of the votes cast. Appointed to complete a resigning Councilmember’s term, she has served the Town as a Councilmember since March, 2010.

Mary Snider grew up in Portland, Oregon where she met her husband, Greg, when they were in high school. Greg is a retired FBI agent, who recently served in Iraq as a law enforcement advisor to the U.S. Military and Iraqi government. This July they will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary. Mary 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 senior software engineer for Xbox in Redmond, WA.