Meet John Giles


ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT-Attract new businesses and streamline government regulations

QUALITY OF LIFE-Public safety, quality education and outstanding public services

PROTECT NEIGHBORHOODS- Well-planned growth and thoughtful redevelopment of aging areas

John Giles was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona.  He attended Mesa Public Schools and graduated from Westwood High School in 1978, where he was on the track team and served as Senior Class President. After serving a church mission to Seoul, Korea, John graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Political Science. As a student at BYU, John was on the track team and served as Student Body Vice President over Finance. He graduated from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU and started his law career at the prominent Mesa firm, Udall Shumway. He has managed his own law firm in downtown Mesa for the past 20 years.

John has a long history of community and civic engagement in Mesa, starting in the late 1980’s when he first volunteered for the Mesa Crime Prevention Board.  He was also elected President of the East Valley Bar Association and served on several other committees and boards.  In 1996 John was elected to the Mesa City Council.  From 1998-2000 he served as Vice Mayor.  While on the City Council he served on numerous city, state, and national committees related to city government.

Following his service on the City Council, John remained active in the community.  He was recently named “Mesa Man of the Year 2013” in recognition of his years of community service. He has served on 25 boards and committees in Mesa and the surrounding community.  Most notably, he served as board chair and campaign chair for the Mesa United Way and has remained a United Way volunteer for 13 years.  John has also served on  boards for Banner Desert Medical Center, Mesa Community College and the Mesa Historical Society, among others.  John has also been very involved in interfaith relations throughout the Phoenix area, including serving on the Board of the Arizona Interfaith Movement for 9 years and as chair of the “Golden Rule Banquet” at the Mesa Convention Center.

John has been married to wife Dawn for over thirty years, and the couple has 5 children and five grandchildren. John is an active marathoner and triathlete and has completed 4 Boston Marathons and 2 full Ironman competitions.

John loves serving a mayor of the city he loves.  He hopes to build upon the success Mesa has experienced in recent years by continuing to draw new jobs to the city and improve the quality of life for all Mesa citizens.