Driven by the philosophy that all students may achieve their postsecondary ambitions, the City of Mesa, Mesa Community College, and Mesa Public Schools formed the Mesa Counts on College partnership to ensure that low-income students are aware of postsecondary options, and then support them with follow-through to enroll, persist, and attain degrees.
John Giles [Chair]
John Giles was elected the 40th Mayor of Mesa in August 2014. He was re-elected in August 2016 and began his first full four-year term in January 2017. Mayor Giles is committed to taking Mesa to the next level with his NextMesa vision.
Mayor Giles has overseen a growing economy that added thousands of new jobs, new employers like Apple and Textron Aviation and over $3.2 billion in new capital investment. He is bringing renewed focus and attention to Mesa’s downtown resulting in a budding creative economy with new businesses, education and entertainment options.
Giles is a proud member of the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness. Mesa’s program has housed more than 120 homeless vets. Mayor Giles is also an active member of the United States Conference of Mayors, serving as the Chair of its Immigration Task Force. 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 and has managed his own law firm in downtown Mesa for more than 20 years. Mayor Giles is an active 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. They have five children and eight grandchildren.
Staff & Partners
Assistant to the Mayor
Chief of Staff
Director, Mesa Counts on College
This City-initiated, community collaborative, led by Mesa Public Schools, provides early learning opportunities for three- and four-year-old children and their parents. Funded through public and private contributions, the program serves about 200 participants each week. The goal is to increase the percentage of Mesa’s preschoolers engaged in quality early learning from 36 percent to the […]