Mayor Coral Evans
Mayor Coral Evans was elected to City Council in 2008 and 2012 and as Mayor in 2016 and 2018.
Mayor Coral Evans is a social non-profit and public policy entrepreneur who believes in the concept of thrive-ability as it relates to individuals, neighborhoods, and communities. Mayor Evans has over 25 years of extensive, applied experience and knowledge in the design, development, implementation, management, assessment, and evaluation of initiatives and programs crafted to assist diverse populations experiencing the systemic effects of poverty.
Service as Councilmember & Mayor
First elected to office 2008, Mayor Evans served two terms (eight years) as a Councilmember prior to her election as Mayor of the City of Flagstaff in 2016. She was re-elected Mayor in 2018.
In addition to serving on the Flagstaff City Council, Mayor Evans is the Executive Director of the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association of Flagstaff, Inc., a resident-driven social profit (nonprofit) organization that focuses on the redevelopment, growth, and prosperity of one of the city's most challenged neighborhoods. Prior to this role, she was the Vice-President of Mission Services for Goodwill Industries of Northern Arizona. She is also the owner of a small business (Destiney's Creations) and a published author (A Conversation with Alma).
Mayor Evans holds a master's degree in Business Administration, a master's level certificate in Public Management, a Bachelor's degree in Business Management, and is nationally certified in public participation practices. Presently Mayor Evans is pursuing a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis on Sustainability. Ms. Evans is a Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellow, a Babson College Social Innovation Fellow, and a Flinn-Brown Foundation Center for Civic Leadership Fellow.
Awards & Recognition
Mayor Evans was recognized by the Arizona Business Magazine as one of Arizona's "Most Influential Women in Business" in 2018, other recognitions include:
- Arizona Community Action Association's Margie Frost Champion Against Poverty Award
- Arizona Informant Newspaper Newsmaker Award
- Coconino Coalition for Children and Youth Caring for Children Award
- Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council Cesar E Chavez Community Award
- Emily's List Rising Star Nominee/Finalist
- Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce Athena Award
- State of Black Arizona Community Luminary Award
- United Way of Northern Arizona Community Builder Award
She is the third generation of her family to live in Flagstaff. Her family (the Dorsey family) has been an active part of the Flagstaff and greater Northern Arizona community since the early 1900s. Mayor Evans currently lives in the family home that her grandfather built in 1942 in Flagstaff's historic Southside neighborhood.
Mayor Evans believes in a balanced approach to the stewardship of community resources and is passionate about creating opportunities that allow for civic engagement, civil discourse, community revitalization, and genuine sustainability and advancement of all people.
Social Media Links
The Hunt Institute 2020 Policy Discussion
On February 21st, Mayor Coral Evans will be speaking at the Hunt Institute's event, where she will discuss critical issues facing our state, with an eye towards problem identification, coalition building and implementation. Mayor Evans has been a Hunt Kean leadership fellow since 2019 and has been recognized for her work in identifying and responding to local needs for education and workforce development, making her an important partner for state leaders to engage in finding statewide solutions. For more information on the Hunt Institute, please visit The Hunt Institute's website.
City Summit 2019
As a champion of local decision making, Mayor Coral Evans has been invited to speak at the National League of Cities' City Summit in San Antonio on Saturday, November 23. Speaking on the topic of home rule, Mayor Evans will join panelists Clarence Anthony of the National league of Cities, Kim Haddow of the Local Solutions Support Center, Nestor Davidson of Fordham Law School, and Cameron Diehl of the Utah League of Cities and Towns to share Flagstaff's experience with state preemption and the opportunities home rule brings.
Check out her 2019 City Summit Presentation (PDF) to learn about how cities can be empowered to enhance local democracy, protect the health and safety of their residents and create unique and innovative policy solutions.
Short-Term / Vacation Rentals
On December 16, 2019, Mayor Evans testified at the second Senate Ad-Hoc Committee meeting, where she presented and answered questions on how short-term /vacation rentals are affecting the Flagstaff community.
Check out her official statement and presentation. You can also view a recorded video of the committee where the Mayor's portion begins on minute 47.