Take 5: Mayor Michelle Kaufusi answers your next-level questions

We believe the most meaningful relationships in life are the ones that go beyond the surface. But to peel back those surface layers, it requires the right questions.

We have a jar filled with those next-level questions, and all week long, our guests will “take 5” to answer. We have a line up of well-known women we want to know better, and Mayor Michelle Kaufusi is no exception.


Get to Know Mayor Michelle Kaufusi

Michelle Kaufusi is a Provo girl through and through: born and raised, graduated from Brigham Young University, actively involved in community service—and eventually making history as Provo’s first female mayor.

Previously named as Utah’s 2019 Informed Decision Maker of the Year, as well as being recently honored as the 2022 Utah Valley Chamber Champion, Mayor Kaufusi continues her regional leadership with newly appointed positions as the vice president of the Utah League of Cities and Towns, chair of Utah Municipal Power Agency, and chair of the Utah Lake Commission. She’s a busy lady!

Mayor Kaufusi’s leadership has also translated to national accolades for Provo City. Most notably being honored as the nation’s Best-Performing City in both 2021 and 2022 by the distinguished Milken Institute, who invited her to speak at their national convention this summer.

As the fourth largest city in Utah, Provo is clearing “hitting above its weight” with distinctions such as the #1 Safest Big City, #3 Best Run City and #3 Best College City.

Amid all the awards and accomplishments, she says her family is what matters most. She’s mom to five kids, two daughters-in-law, one son-in-law, and four grandchildren.

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