Debra March was elected mayor of Henderson with over 55 percent of the vote in the April 2017 primary election and assumed office June 20, 2017. She previously served Ward II residents by appointment in July 2009 and through subsequent elections in 2011 and 2015. Mayor March serves with her fellow council members as the legislative branch of the Henderson community, responsible for setting policies for Nevada’s second largest city, which has been recognized as being one of the safest cities and best places to live in the nation.
Mayor March has outlined five broad priorities that will frame the city’s long term efforts to improve on and protect what has been accomplished in Henderson. These priorities include enhancing transparency and communications, strengthening and diversifying Henderson’s economy, improving public safety, continuing to provide a quality community and actively participating to improve education.
Mayor March is the vice chair of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada Board of Commissioners, vice chair of the Clark County Regional Flood Control District Board of Directors and serves as council liaison to the Henderson Planning Commission.
March is active in NAIOP and a current board member, founding member and former vice chair of the Urban Land Institute Nevada District Council.
A Henderson resident for over 25 years, Mayor March has a long track record of service to the city and her community. She served on the City of Henderson Planning Commission from 2004 to 2009.
As a member of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce board of directors, she was on the founding board and first year advance chair of Leadership Henderson. She is a graduate of Leadership Las Vegas Class of 1991, former board member of Nevada HAND, and served as president of the Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities from 2012 to 2013. She was the first chair of Southern Nevada Strong, which is now overseen by the Regional Transportation Commission.
March volunteers with the Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies, as a member of the Chairman’s Council of the Henderson Community Foundation and is a past national board member for the American Planning Association. She was named to the advisory board of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, Roseman University of Heath Science MBA Advisory Board, Green Chips Trustee Advisory Board and is a member of the bistate I-11 Corridor Study committee.
In recognition of her contributions to the community, Mayor March received a lifetime achievement award in 2015 from the Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies. She was named the 2013 Nevada Public Official of the Year by the NLC&M; recipient of the Associate Member of the Year by NAIOP Southern Nevada Chapter; and Citizen of the Year by the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors.
As a Nevada resident for over 40 years, Debra March has built a career of helping our community and our state be a better place to live. After graduating from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, she served as a state park ranger in locations throughout Nevada, where she promoted the value of parks and open spaces for a healthy quality of life.
Debra moved to Southern Nevada as deputy administrator with the Nevada Real Estate Division, creating and implementing policies for responsible home ownership and, from 1996 to 2009, she led efforts for the development of livable communities as director of UNLV’s Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies.
In her spare time, March plays golf and enjoys hiking, biking and white water rafting.