ASU MLK Servant-Leadership Award Recipient
Neil Giuliano, former mayor of Tempe, is the 2020 ASU MLK Jr. Servant-Leadership awardee.
Giuliano has been the driving force for many changes in Tempe since 1990, when he first became a city councilmember. From 1994-2004, Giuliano served as the youngest and first gay mayor of Tempe. During his time as mayor, Tempe was named an All-American City. Implementations included the regional light rail, the creation of Tempe Town Lake and The Tempe Performing Arts Center. He is now the president and CEO of Greater Phoenix Leadership, which works to create a safe and prosperous community.
At ASU, he served as director of federal relations and as co-director of the 2004 presidential debate between President George Bush and Senator John Kerry. He left his lasting legacy by teaching a Personal Leadership Development class for 20 years.
On a national level, Giuliano served as an activist for the LGBTQ community. He was the CEO of San Francisco AIDS Foundation, one of the largest AIDS service organizations in the world. He served as president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and executive producer of GLAAD Media Awards from 2005-2009. At GLAAD, the third largest LGBT advocacy organization in the US, he expanded the organization’s media and anti-defamation work to include religious and faith-based communities, sports and advertising media.
Giuliano has dedicated his life to creating a better community, not only for the future, but for today.
“We need to challenge and support young people to be leaders today, not wait for tomorrow,” Giuliano said. “Find what’s important to you, find what you value and go make a statement.”