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Meet Michelle Kaufusi

Meet Michelle Kaufusi

Michelle Kaufusi is the mayor of Provo, the city where she was born, raised and has raised a family of her own.

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Michelle has been actively involved in community service since her children were small, serving in parent organizations for her children’s elementary, middle, and high schools. When she learned of students who couldn’t afford to take the ACT test, she worked, collaborated and fundraised, until a free course was available for every student.

In November of 2017, Michelle made history when she was elected Provo’s 45th mayor, and first woman to hold the office. Prior to her service as mayor, she became a member of the Provo School Board in 2011 and later became its president. Michelle also served on the Utah High School Athletic Association, the steering committee for Utah Valley Regional Medical Center’s hospital replacement project and the Provo City Citizens Advisory Board.

Kaufusi grew up following her mother’s example of hard work, listening to and championing others, and getting things done. The sixth of seven children, Kaufusi was raised not only by her single mother, who worked graveyard shifts as a nurse but also by the “village” of Provo neighbors, family and friends.

Kaufusi attended Wasatch Elementary, Dixon Middle School, and Provo High School before entering her dream school, Brigham Young University, on an academic scholarship. Her degree from BYU is in Global Studies, including coursework in local government.

Mayor Kaufusi met her husband, Steve, while a student at BYU (she was a Cougarette and he was a football player who later coached the Cougars defensive line). They are the parents of five children, Alexis (Carly), Bronson (Hillary), Corbin, Devin, and Daryl (Tanner). They have one grandson, Taika.

A collaborator by nature, Kaufusi has been praised for her leadership in securing funding (including from the state and Utah County) for a new Provo Airport terminal, as well as addressing critical infrastructure needs, such as Provo’s new wastewater treatment plant. In 2019, Mayor Kaufusi was awarded the title Informed Decision Maker of the Year by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.

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