Meet Eva

Eva PutzovaCouncilmember Eva Putzova was elected to the Flagstaff City Council in November 2014 with 7,426 votes–the most votes a first-time council candidate has received to that date in the Flagstaff’s municipal elections.

Eva was born and raised in Slovakia and made Flagstaff her home in 2000. With an academic background in economics and marketing, she started her professional career at Southwest Windpower and, in 2003, began working for Northern Arizona University, where she is currently Executive Director for Marketing and Strategic Communications. In addition to earning her master’s degree from the University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia, Eva completed leadership programs at Harvard University and Cornell University. Since 2007, she has also operated a consulting company and works with clients from the public and private sectors.

For six years, Eva was an active board member of Friends of Flagstaff’s Future—a multi-issue organization that advocates for a socially and environmentally just Flagstaff. Over the years, she has also contributed to the goals of local commissions and committees, including the Regional Plan Citizen Advisory Committee, Coconino Community College Citizen Review Panel, Citizen Review Commission for Flagstaff Regional Five-year and Long-Range Transit Plan, and the Greater Flagstaff Economic Council.

Since elected to the City Council, Eva has championed rights of the Native American and immigrant communities, meaningful climate change action, and affordable housing. In November 2016 she led a successful citizen initiative campaign to increase Flagstaff’s minimum wage to $15 by 2021, enact one fair wage for all by 2026, establish local enforcement of the law, and partner with community organizations to educate about employers and employees about labor standards.

In 2015 she received the Arizona Woman of Vision award and in 2017 the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for demonstrating democratic values in service to the community.