Mary grew up in Rochester, Minnesota where her father served patients as a doctor at the Mayo Clinic and her mother raised six children and volunteered in the community. She attended the University of Michigan, where she received her bachelor’s degree in political science and speech communications. Mary went on to earn her law degree from William Mitchell College of Law and went to work for Moore, Costello & Hart, eventually becoming a partner specializing in construction litigation. She also worked as an arbitrator and mediator with the American Arbitration Association and as president of the Woodbury Economic Development Authority.

Mary served on the Woodbury City Council before being elected Mayor of Woodbury from 2007-2018, running unopposed for a second term as Mayor in 2014. During her tenure, Woodbury was consistently rated among the top places to live in America, and as Mayor, she presided over significant growth and job creation in the city’s economy due to an outreach program she undertook with local businesses to make sure they were positioned for success at the end of the last recession.

Mary and her husband, Greg, have lived in Woodbury for more than 35 years. They have two adult children and two adorable grandchildren. During that time, Mary has been active in community organizations as both a leader and a volunteer, including the Youth Service Bureau Board, Regional Council of Mayors, Transportation Advisory Board, Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce, Woodbury Area Community Foundation, Woodbury Lion’s Club, and the Woodbury Athletic Association Soccer Board.

Mary Giuliani Stephens is the recipient of numerous community awards and recognitions, including:

  • Citizen of the Year, Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce, 2018
  • Leaders in Local Government Award, Elected Official of Note, St. Paul Area and East Metro Chambers, 2018
  • Bill Hargis Person of the Year, Woodbury Area Prayer Breakfast, 2018
  • Commissioner’s Service Award, Washington County, 2018
  • American Legion, Certificate of Appreciation, Woodbury American Legion Post 501, 2013
  • Veterans of Foreign War, Award of Commendation, 2013
  • Congressional Recognition Award for service to the community, 2008