Debra March, AICP, can now add mayor to her list of accomplishments. March was elected mayor of Henderson, Nevada, a city with an estimated 292,969 residents. She won 55 percent of the vote in a seven-person race.
March has served on the Henderson city council since 2009. She also served as vice chairwoman of the Regional Transportation Commission and was director of the Lied Institute of Real Estate Studies at UNLV. She also headed up the Southern Nevada Strong regional planning initiative, which received an APA National Planning Excellence Award for Public Outreach in 2016.
March served on the APA Board from 2006–2010. During her tenure, she chaired the Planning Officials Committee and served on the APA Membership Committee. Through these appointments, she made significant contributions to improving APA’s membership structure and services for elected and appointed officials. She is a charter member of the APA’s newest division, the Sustainable Communities Division, for which she served on the founding Steering Committee in 2012–2013.
In an interview with Nevada Public Radio, March said improving public safety, increasing economic development and providing greater transparency in her administration are her top goals for her leadership. March was inducted into office on June 20, becoming only the city’s second female mayor.
Debra March, AICP, holds the 2016 APA National Planning Excellence Award won by Southern Nevada Strong. With her, from left, are Carol Rhea, FAICP, APA Past President; Bristol Ellington, City of Henderson Assistant City Manager; Stephanie Garcia-Vause, City of Henderson Director of Community Development & Services; Lisa Corrado, City of Henderson Long Range Planning Manager; Brittany Markarian, City of Henderson Senior Community Engagement Specialist; and Danny Fazekas, City of Henderson Planner II. Photo by Joe Szurszewski.