Mary Claire Lanser was elected to the Board of Directors in 2012.
After submitting an application indicating her interest in serving on the Board, Mary Claire was nominated because of her dedication to the organization, her knowledge of the industry and her understanding of the importance of fostering a relationship with the public sector. She was first introduced to the organization when she was asked to be a guest speaker at our Building Community Support for Economic Event in November 2008. She became a member shortly after that and joined the Public Affairs Committee. Since being elected to the Board of Directors, Mary Claire has been appointed to co-chair the Marketing and Communications Committee.
Briefly tell us where you work and what you do.
As Lanser Public Affairs, I work directly with municipal officials and residents to secure approvals for large or potentially controversial development proposals. I am also an associate of Advisors, LLC, assisting MLG Commercial professionals with community outreach for their clients.
Why did you want to join the NAIOP Board of Directors?
I joined NAIOP to network with development professionals and to be current with the commercial real estate climate. Being on the Board ratchets this up, and I was eager to contribute my municipal and public affairs experience to assist the Board with upcoming strategic planning and branding initiatives.
What do you hope to get from your experience?
As a former mayor, I particularly want to increase NAIOP’s connections with mayors and village presidents. We should be a resource to them, and our members can be benefit from these relationships when proposing developments in their communities.
Tell us something that most people don’t know about you.
One thing most people don’t know about me is that I worked as a magician’s assistant – sawed in half, burned alive, levitated, impaled with knives, and vanished.
What are you reading?
I’m reading A Safeway in Arizona (because I’m interested in the history of development and politics in AZ).