As a Nevada resident for more than 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.
A Henderson resident for over 25 years, Councilwoman 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. With a demonstrated passion for economic development, smart growth, citizen involvement and sustainable community planning, Debra was appointed to represent Henderson’s Ward II residents in July 2009 and was subsequently elected to full terms in April 2011 and April 2015. She served as mayor pro tem from July 2015 to June 2016. Councilwoman March serves with the mayor and fellow council members as the legislative branch of the Henderson community, responsible for setting policies that have earned the city the reputation of being one of the best places in the nation to live.
Councilwoman March serves on the National League of Cities First-Tier Suburbs Council. She previously served on the NLC Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. She is a current board member, founding member and former vice chair of the Urban Land Institute Nevada District Council, 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 also a member of the Boulder Highway Investment Strategy and Regional Rapid Transit Authority Advisory Committees, as well as a member of the Henderson Open Space and Trails Advisory and Henderson Limited Transition Area Committees.
Councilwoman 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.
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 was the first chair of Southern Nevada Strong, which is 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 bi-state I-11 Corridor Study committee.
In recognition of her contributions to the community, Councilwoman March received a lifetime achievement award in 2015 from the Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies. In 2013, she was named 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.
In her spare time, March plays golf and enjoys hiking, biking and white water rafting.
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