About Doreen Garlid

With three decades of community leadership, Doreen has the experience to address complex problems, foster regional and national partnerships, and seek out resources to improve our quality of life. A proud member of the Navajo Nation, Doreen made history when Tempe voters overwhelmingly elected her as the first Native American to serve on the Tempe City Council in 2020, a powerful reflection of our values as a diverse and welcoming city.

With Doreen Garlid on our council, Tempe gets results. She approaches policy decisions with an open mind and a pragmatic leadership style that operates from a place of shared values and common goals.

Community leadership: 

  • Human Services and Community Safety Council Committee, Co-Chair
  • Tempe Audit Committee, Member
  • National League of Cities Human Development Committee, Vice Chair
  • National League of Cities, Local Indigenous Leaders, Leadership¬†Circle
  • Maricopa Association of Governments Local Jurisdiction Committee, Co-Chair
  • City of Tempe 2020 MLK Diversity Award winner
  • Former Chair of the Tempe Neighborhood Advisory Commission
  • Board of Directors for Tempe Impacts Education (TIE) Foundation (ex-officio)
  • Board of Directors for Newtown Community Development Corporation
  • Tempe Leadership Class XXXIV
  • Former President of the Tempe Buena Vista Ranchos Homeowners Association
  • Former President of the National Charity League, Inc. East Valley
  • Board of Directors for Developing Workers
  • Kiwanis Club of Tempe
  • Tempe South Rotary Club

Doreen Garlid also serves as a Mission Team Member and Medications Coordinator for Mobilize Medical, a role in which she's offered herself in service to over 10,000 people in countries all over the world, including Haiti, Honduras, Swaziland, Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, Cambodia, India, Kenya, and Nicaragua.