Corey Woods

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Incumbent


Corey Woods graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with a  B.A. in Political Science and a minor in African-American Studies. He then went on to earn a M.A in Educational Policy from ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton College of Education.  After college, Woods worked as a teaching assistant at ASU for three years [2].

Woods has served as the 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 [3]. Before being elected as Mayor of Tempe in 2020, Woods was a Council Member for the City of Tempe from 2008-2016. Woods is the first black mayor in Tempe’s 150 years of history [4].

Key Issues


Woods would like to expand the streetcar system across the city of Tempe for easy to access public transportation [1]. 


Woods wants to rehabilitate the old buildings for new uses and efficiency. 


Woods wants to create affordable housing, especially for the nurses, firefighters and teachers, who have to live outside the city and travel every day,  [2]. Woods also wants more transitional housing opportunities for the homeless population and support for specific programs such as the Tempe Community Action Agency and Interfaith Housing and Emergency Lodging Program [5].


Social Services

With concerns about racial discrimination being important to Woods, community-wide examination of police policies, response, hiring, training, funding, as well as reevaluation of funding allocated to human service programs will be applied. There is currently a designated LGBTQ liaison to elevate LGBTQ concerns and program opportunities that Woods hopes to continue [5].


Onnie Shekerjian, Former Tempe City Council member [2]


1 Tempe.Gov
2 Official Website
3 AZCentral1
4 AZCentral2
5 StatePress