Mayor Pro Tem Mary Su was elected to Walnut City Council in April 2006, re-elected in 2010 and 2014 to serve on the Walnut City Council. She served as Walnut’s Mayor during 2009/2010, 2012-2013. Mary is the first Asian female to have been elected to Walnut’s City Council and the first Asian female to serve as the City’s Mayor. Prior to being elected to the City Council she served as Chairperson of Walnut’s Parks and Recreation Commission.
Mary Su was twice elected the first female to serve as President of the Chinese-American Elected Officials (CEO) organization for the Southern California region, serving in this position 2009-2011.
Mary Su was born in Taiwan and immigrated to the United States in 1982. She attended Pasadena Community College, were she graduated with an A.A. degree in Business. She then attended California State University, Los Angeles, where she graduated with a B.A. degree in Business Information Systems. Following graduation from college she commenced her business career in real estate and export-import trade.
In 1988, Mary, her husband Luki and son Scott moved to Walnut, where they have been residents for the past 28 years. Mary’s son Scott graduated from Walnut High School, the University of California, San Diego and has completed his Doctorate degree in Psychology from a private school affiliated with Stanford University.
Mary has been active in Walnut civic and educational organizations for more than 25 years. In 1997 she co-founded the Chinese-American Parents Association of the Walnut Valley Unified School District (CAPA-WVUSD), for which she has served as the Chairperson since its founding. Mary created the Sister School and Cultural Exchange Program between the Walnut Valley and Shanghai Bao Shan School District. Mary also served as President of the Chinese-American Association of Walnut (CAAW) in 2001 and 2002.
Mary Su has been a leader in many other local civic organizations and fundraising campaigns, including the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, the Mt. San Antonio College Foundation, Earth Day, hurricane and earthquake relief efforts, and disabled children’s service organizations.
Mary Su’s many contributions to the civic and charitable activities of the San Gabriel Valley have been frequently recognized and honored by other public leaders and charitable organizations, including:
Woman of Achievement, San Gabriel Valley YWCA, 2011
Woman of the Year, California State Assemblyman Curt Hagman, 2011
Outstanding Leadership Award, U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu, 2010
Outstanding Chinese-American Award, Chinese American Federation, 2009
Organizational Leader of the Year, U.S. Congressman David Dreier, 2004
Woman of the Year, California State Senator Bob Margett, 2003
Among the many state and regional government agencies on which Mary Su has represented Walnut’s citizens are the League of California Cities, California Contract Cities Association, Southern California Association of Governments, San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, Four Corners Transportation Coalition, and San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control Board.
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