Elected to the Mesa City Council in November of 2018, Councilmember Jen Duff began her first term representing District 4 in January of 2019. Her term on the Council runs until January of 2023.
A Mesa native with British family roots that go back to Falcon Field during World War II, Duff is very active in the Mesa community. She spent six years on the Board of Directors of the i.d.e.a. Museum (formerly the Arizona Museum for Youth), serving two years as Vice Chair and two years as Chair. She was on the board during the 2014 rebranding of the museum. She has served on the City of Mesa Planning and Zoning Board and co-founded the Retail, Arts, Innovation and Livability (R.A.I.L) Community Development Corporation. In 2015 she was awarded the Mesa Community College Hall of Fame Alumni Achievement Award.
Duff is the President and Owner of Jef International, Inc., an import/export trading business specializing in sport fishing tackle. She started the business in 1990, following six years as a Professional Bass Angler. She was recognized as the top woman pro bass angler in the Southwest and is the only American woman to ever compete professionally in Japan. Duff lived in Japan in 1989 competing and promoting the sport. Duff also is the President and Owner of Lobina Lures, who has manufactured and distributed Rico brand topwater bass fishing lures since 1991. Prior to her career in sport fishing, Duff worked as a buyer for Goldwater’s department store for six years.
Duff is a graduate of Mesa High and earned her AA degree in Fashion Merchandising from Mesa Community College. She completed the Mesa Leadership Training and Development in 2012, Neighborhood Works Leadership Training in 2012, the Mesa Chamber Leadership Development Program in 2018 and the Mesa Fire and Medical Inaugural Citizen's Academy in 2018.
Audit, Finance & Enterprise - Chair
Community & Cultural Development
National Boards and Committees
National League of Cities Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Federal Advocacy Committee
National League of Cities Council on Youth, Education and Families
Arizona Boards and Committees
Mesa Achieves Higher Education Task Force - Co-Chair
MAG Human Services Coordinating Board
Downtown Mesa Association
Mesa Community College Development Board
R.A.I.L. CDC – Co-Founder
Past Boards and Committees
City of Mesa Planning and Zoning Board
i.d.e.a. Museum Board – Chair and Vice Chair
Unity Church of Mesa Board
Mesa Commerce Center Board