Mary Beth Susman,
Council District 5
Mary Beth Susman, Denver District 5 councilwoman, served as President of the Denver City Council from July 2012-July 2014, elected in her freshman year on council. Her district has over 170 acres under development, including the Ninth Avenue and Colorado Boulevard site and the Buckley Annex, part of Lowry. Because of these projects and her work in civic projects over the last 20 years, her focus has been on smart growth and economic development. She was appointed the chair of the original planning group for the conversion of Lowry Air Force Base by then Mayor Wellington Webb and served on the Denver Planning Board when Stapleton, the Central Platte Valley and Denver International Airport were developed.
She received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Denver and spent her earlier career in higher education, retiring as vice-president of the Colorado Community College System. She is the founding president of three statewide online colleges in Colorado, Kentucky, and Louisiana. She is a Smithsonian Laureate for her pioneering work in online learning, and her work is archived in the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History.