City Council Member
Mary D. Young (née Maria Dolores Gutiérrez) brings unique skills, experience and perspective to the Boulder City Council that have been earned and cultivated throughout the course of her life.
The eldest of five, first-generation children of Mexican immigrants, Mary spoke only Spanish when she started grade school in Texas. Forced immersion proved to be the quickest way to learn so she managed to pass first grade, and then some.
In 1978, while studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas, El Paso, Mary was recruited by IBM to come work in Boulder for the summer. She fell in love with the place, so upon graduation, with job offers ranging from designing calculators for Texas Instruments to a management program with General Electric, she chose Bell Laboratories in Denver. She left Boulder temporarily to pursue a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California but returned in 1982 after completion of her degree and has lived here ever since.
Mary’s engineering career covered a range of assignments from developing mining instrumentation to designing juvenile products to operations management for a small start-up in Boulder County. She worked in engineering related businesses until 2008.
Her love of place and community inspired her to leave engineering, pursue a path in the nonprofit sector, and give back to the place she loves. She has held positions with various nonprofits including Growing Gardens of Boulder County and Via Mobility Services. She has served on the board of eGo CarShare and for three years participated in committees that award grants for the Community Foundation of Boulder County. In 2012, she was chosen for a Rose Community Foundation fellowship to develop a transportation project that focuses on the well-being of Latino elders.
Mary was Chair of the City of Boulder Planning Board and a member of that volunteer citizen board for nearly five years until her election to the Boulder City Council.
She is married to Kent Young, an artist and musician.
Mary served as Mayor Pro Tem from Nov. 17, 2015 through Nov. 15, 2016.