About Cherie Wood
Mayor Wood is a lifelong city resident and a mom of three young men who also call South Salt Lake home. Since her first days of working for the city at age 19, she saw the potential of this small city with big opportunities. As mayor, she has made investing in people her highest priority. It shows through the programs and projects that have made South Salt Lake one of the most walkable, friendly, diverse and fun places in Utah. Making change isn’t easy, and Cherie has been honored as a “Changemaker” and continues to fight every day for every single person in her community.
Growing up in South Salt Lake and raising her kids here, she has seen what an amazing difference it makes for someone to believe in you. She believes deeply in the power of education, which is why she went back to college after starting a family. Balancing the demands of parenting as a working mother, she attended night and weekend classes, eventually earning dual bachelor's Degrees from the University of Phoenix in Business Management and Business Administration. This path inspired her to help her family and everyone in her community to achieve educational success and become healthier and more prosperous. Thus, the seeds of her signature initiative, Promise South Salt Lake was born.
She worked for the city for 16 years, in various roles from business licensing to the courts, before she was elected as Mayor. After becoming Deputy Mayor to Mayor Bob Gray, he encouraged her to run and she proved herself earning a decisive 66% of the vote, becoming South Salt Lake's first female Mayor. Knowing what it is like to be an outsider to elected office and overcoming a large gender gap, she has gone on to encourage and support a wide range of candidates to join her in city leadership. The city now boasts one of the most diverse city councils and staffs in the state, reflective of the community it serves. And the city has never been more successful.
Investing in people is her passion and supporting the neighborhood where they live is a key to their health. For the last decade, South Salt Lake has grown and thrived, while still remaining affordable, diverse and fun. The next decade will see many changes, but she is committed to building better neighborhoods as a foundation of health and happiness essential to a thriving community.
"I believe in the power of community"
I have seen South Salt Lake residents come together in many ways. We have worked together to revitalize our communities. We have opened new businesses and made an amazing downtown area. Let's keep it moving!
What I want for my own family, I want for my community as well.
Trees Planted in city parks
Years without a tax increase
Youth in Promise afterschool program
Awards & Recognition
Get Healthy Utah Healthy Utah Community Award 2021
Daniel’s Foundation Ethical Leadership Award 2019
Utah Philanthropy Day - Lt. Governor's Public Service Award 2018
United Way of Salt Lake Changemaker Award 2016
Worker’s Advocate Award: Mayor Cherie Wood, Utah AFL-CIO, 2013
Top 15 U.S. Dept. of Education 21st Century Afterschool Programs in the U.S., Hser Ner Moo Center
Top Citywide Afterschool Program Model in Utah, Utah Afterschool Network
Best of State Elected Official: South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood, 2012 and 2013
100 Best Communities in America for Youth to Live, Learn and Grow by America’s Promise Alliance, 2012
Community Development Award, National Association for County Community & Economic Development, 2012
University of Phoenix National Icon: Mayor Cherie Wood 2011
30 Women to Watch: Mayor Cherie Wood, Utah Business Magazine, 2011
Want to Learn More?
The Daniels Foundation awarded Mayor Wood and the Promise South Salt Lake Initiative she started with the 2019 Ethical Leadership Award.
Utah Philanthropy Day recognized Mayor Wood with the 2018 Lieutenant Governor’s Public Service Award.
Learn more about Cherie’s causes and career on her Mayor’s Website.