Councilmember Virginia Korte
Councilmember Virginia Korte began her first term on the Scottsdale City Council in January 2013. Virginia, who had never sought or served in public office before being elected to the council, has extensive experience in business, non-profit management and community service.
Virginia has been involved with the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve since day one. In 1993, she was appointed by Mayor Herb Drinkwater to chair the first Preserve Task Force that recommended the creation of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Virginia has also been involved in successful ballot measures to expand and fund the preserve.
In 1996, Virginia was named to the Board of Directors of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, and in 2002, she was hired as the organization’s President and CEO. After serving six years at the Chamber, she took on a new challenge as President and CEO of Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS), where she works today. STARS is Scottsdale’s premier provider of programs and employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.
Virginia also has served on a wide variety of volunteer boards and committees focused on serving a cross section of the community – including efforts to make our secondary and higher education systems some of the best in Arizona. She has helped lead several bond campaigns for the Scottsdale United School District and Public Safety Services. For 10 years she served on the Board of the Maricopa County Community Colleges Foundation, including one term as President. She campaigned for several bond elections that provided the critical public funding needed to strengthen this important community asset.
Councilmember Korte graduated from Xavier College Prep in 1971. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Northern Arizona University in 1979 and 1983. After helping manage her family’s car dealership, Ray Korte Chevrolet in Southern Scottsdale, Virginia became a professor of biology at Scottsdale Community College. While teaching at SCC, she developed and managed the Center for Native and Urban Wildlife, an educational outreach program for elementary students that continues to focus on natural history, desert restoration projects and native plant propagation techniques.
Updated September 2013