Mary Klenz is 2nd vice president of the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) and 2nd vice chair of the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF). She was elected to this office and her third term on the LWVUS Board of Directors and LWVEF Board of Trustees at the League’s 50th National Convention in June 2012. She also served for two terms on the LWVUS Nominating Committee. As a director and trustee, Ms. Klenz has chaired the Council and Convention Committee and the Membership Committee. She has also been a member of the Education, Advocacy, Development, and Communications Committees.
State and local LWV leadership includes LWVNC co-president and president and Action chair of the LWV of Charlotte-Mecklenburg. During her tenure Ms. Klenz chaired the successful statewide campaign to repeal the state food tax, advocated for campaign and election reform and other tax reform issues. In Charlotte she was one of two people to found the LWVCM Civics 101 Program, a program on local government which just completed the fifteenth year.
In addition to League work, Ms. Klenz founded and operated her own insurance agency for 25 years. She sold her business and retired in 2004. In 2011, North Carolina Governor Perdue appointed her to serve on the NC Social Services Commission. She currently serves as chair and founding member of the Mixed Income Housing Coalition and is a member of the Board of Directors for the NC Center for Women in Public Services. Ms. Klenz has served the League and her community in multiple ways for several decades.
Ms. Klenz has a BA in Business, 1978, and an MA in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She and her husband, Bill, lived in Milwaukee, suburban Chicago and Indianapolis before moving to Charlotte, NC in 1973. They have a son and daughter.