Former Tempe Vice Mayor Corey Woods is running to be the next mayor of Tempe, Arizona, in the March 2020 election. He served two terms on the Tempe City Council (2008-2016), where he worked tirelessly to improve community development standards to attract business investment and protect neighborhoods. He also championed initiatives that addressed affordable housing and human services, and he was instrumental in guiding city policy that led to Tempe's perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign’s “Municipal Equality Index.”
Corey maintains a lifelong commitment to community service. He serves on boards for several organizations, including Newtown Community Development Corporation, Landings Credit Union, Friendship Village, and Children's Action Alliance. Corey is also a member and former president of the Kiwanis Club of Tempe and a former two-term board president of the Tempe Boys and Girls Club - Ladmo Branch. Corey was also the Chair of the 2012 Tempe Elementary School District’s Capital Override and Co-Chair of the Tempe Union High School District’s Maintenance and Operations Override in 2017.
As chief of staff at ASU Preparatory Academy, Corey is responsible for assisting the CEO with day-to-day operations and strategic initiatives. His previous executive positions include chief operating officer for the Greater Phoenix Urban League, director of college and career articulation for the Phoenix Union High School District and director of government relations for the American Lung Association of Arizona.
Corey is a 2000 graduate of the University of Michigan where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. In May 2018, Woods earned a master’s degree in educational policy from Arizona State University.