John Giles was elected the 40th Mayor of Mesa, Arizona in August, 2014 and was re-elected in 2016 and 2020. He oversees a growing economy that's added thousands of new jobs, over $3.65 billion in new capital investment and employers like Google, who is joining Apple, in the Elliot Road Technology Corridor and Amazon in the Falcon Business District. He brings renewed focus and attention to Mesa's downtown resulting in a new Arizona State University facility with cutting edge programs and budding creative economy with new businesses, restaurants and entertainment options.
Education and building Mesa's workforce are top priorities for Mayor Giles. He is proud to spearhead the Mesa College Promise that provides qualified graduates with a free community college education. The Promise, along with Mesa Counts on College and the Mayor's TeenForce summer internship program are working toward building Mesa's future workforce.
Mayor Giles is a member of the United States Conference of Mayors Board of Trustees and serves as Chair of their Immigration Task Force. Giles is also a proud member of the Mayor's Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness. Mesa's program has housed more than 120 homeless vets.
Recognizing these efforts and more, Money.com, a subsidiary of Time Magazine, named Mesa the best big city in the Southwest.
Born and raised in Mesa, Mayor Giles earned degrees from Brigham Young University in Political Science and Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law where he is now an Adjunct Professor. He has managed his own law firm in downtown Mesa for more than 25 years. Mayor Giles is a marathoner and triathlete who has completed two full Ironman competitions, 20 marathons and four Boston Marathons. Mayor Giles and his wife Dawn have been married for more than 35 years and have five children and eight grandchildren.
Learn more about Mayor Giles on his official website.