A 25-year Irving resident, Beth Van Duyne was honored to be elected Mayor of the City of Irving in 2011, having served as a city council representative from 2004-2010. She fought hard against tax and fee increases, championed the movement against more apartment complexes and promoted smart development backed by legitimate investors. Beth is a dedicated volunteer, experienced professional, involved homeowner and devoted mother of two.
Throughout her 20 year career, she has had the opportunity to work with small startup companies, mid-size private companies and Fortune 500 corporations like Verizon, American Airlines and SAP. She also founded and ran her own consulting business, working with executives to develop strategic business plans, negotiation strategies, grassroots coalition building and federal and state legislative policy strategies.
Beth is experienced in testifying and advocating at the local, state and federal levels for energy, economic development, transportation and water resources and funding. She has extensive experience and strong relationships in the transportation, healthcare, energy and telecommunications industries and is a past member of the North Texas Healthcare Tax Force, President of the Irving Republican Women’s Club and Board member of New Tech High. Beth was the first council member to participate in the Irving Citizens Police Academy and the Irving Fire Academy.
A frequently interviewed official, Beth has appeared in The New York Times, CNN, USA Today, ESPN and the Dallas Morning News. Former Deputy Mayor Pro Tem, she established and chaired Irving’s Communications Committee and has done extensive coalition building among local, state and federal officials and community leaders throughout the country through her activities with the US Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities, Texas Municipal League and North Central Texas Council of Governments.
Beth is a magna cum laude graduate of Cornell University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with studies in City and Regional Planning, Government and Law. She has two wonderful children, Katie and Pearce, who attend school in Irving.