A long-time Tempe resident, two-time Sun Devil, small business owner and entrepreneur, and active community volunteer, Genevieve Vega lives with her 20-years-strong husband Dave (ASU Fulton School), son Dante (McClintock freshman), daughter Sophie (Aguilar 2nd-grader), and fur-baby rescue Darwin. Genevieve has a B.A. in Communication and her Executive MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business, which motivated her to start her own consulting business with clients ranging from small software companies to Fortune 100 companies, and she is also pursuing a new technology venture helping local businesses be competitive.
For over a decade, Genevieve has been a champion of progressive values serving in various leadership positions in her community and volunteering for causes related to school funding, voting rights, and human services. Genevieve is in her second Board term on the Tempe Community Council where she has co-chaired the Don Carlos Humanitarian Awards Dinner raising tens of thousands of dollars for Tempeans in need. Genevieve is also on the Phoenix Suns Charities 88 Board of Directors.
Genevieve’s compassion and commitment to serve is often modeled after her grandfather, George Marsh Buck (deceased), a retired Green Beret Colonel who rescued and later adopted Genevieve’s mom, the first Vietnamese child adopted into the United States. Raised by an American military family and given more opportunity than a Vietnamese girl normally would have, Genevieve’s mom earned her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University and later her MBA while she was raising Genevieve as a single mom in Hawaii. Her mom’s example of resilience and independence combined with her relentless pursuit of education is a critical source for Genevieve’s values. Genevieve's mom and step-dad live in Tempe and are a constant source of love and support.
After many years of volunteering, Genevieve was motivated to run for office after struggling to find the right education and social services for her special needs child. Knowing what it's like to fight for equity while balancing the rising cost of living in Tempe, Genevieve strives to represent working families like her own.
If elected, Genevieve plans to leverage her professional expertise in strategy, change and people management, process improvement, and stakeholder negotiations to educate and communicate with residents on our breadth of services, make it easier to do business in Tempe, continue championing human services, and strengthen communities to be involved in the decision-making process.