Community leader, former legislator, activist and business executive Diane B. McCarthy, the director of business partnerships and legislative affairs at West-MEC, will soon be honored for her commitment to community and vision for the West Valley.
McCarthy will be officially honored at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 1, at Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria. The event is open to the community.
“I am excited to honor Diane McCarthy as West Valley Women’s 2019 Woman of the Year. Ms. McCarthy is active in the community, well-known, respected and empowers those around her. Her vision has helped the West Valley become the vibrant growing community it is today. I love that she ran and was elected to public office long before it was popular for women to serve,” said Lisa E. Platt, CEO and chief connection office of West Valley Women.
McCarthy, who has been in her West-MEC position since November 2007, received her Bachelor of Arts in political science from Arizona State University.
Her career includes eight years in the Arizona House of Representatives and four years on the Arizona Corporation Commission, where she was the first women elected to serve. She also was acting president of Phoenix Children’s Hospital and founding president of WESTMARC.
Prior to joining West-MEC, McCarthy was senior vice president of the Arizona State University Foundation for four years. She is a founding member of Leadership West, Fighter Country Partnership and Friends of the West Valley Recreation Corridor. She remains active in many civic organizations and is a former chair of the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce.
In her career she has been dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the West Valley, and she continues to advocate for education. In November 2017, she received an Influential Founder award at WESTMARC’s 25th anniversary Best of the West dinner.
For more information and to reserve a seat for the October 1 event, visit westvalleywomen.org or call 602-573-7496.