A native Visalian, Amy Shuklian was first elected to the city council in November 2007. During her first term she served two years as Vice-Mayor. After her re-election in 2011 she became Mayor, serving from 2011-2013.
In January 2010, Amy became the first council member to hold regular monthly office hours to give citizens the opportunity to meet one on one and share their concerns and help point them in a direction of resolution.
Before being elected to the City Council, Amy was involved in numerous community activities. She spearheaded the effort to develop Visalia’s first off-leash dog park, Cody Kelly Bark Park. These efforts fueled Amy’s desire to continue to be an active member of her community. She became a member of the Parks and Recreation Commission and served as its chairperson in 2007. She was also vice-president of the Parks and Recreation Foundation, president of Valley Oak SPCA, a Habitat for Humanity volunteer, and a member of the city’s Smart Growth Task Force. Amy also serves as emcee for various non-profit and community events, such as the 4th of July celebration and Visalia Teen Idol contest.
In 2013, Amy was honored by Soroptimist International of Visalia with the Ruby Award. The Ruby Award honorees are women who have worked to improve the lives of other women and/or girls. Their work has had a significant impact and she inspires and encourages other women.
In 2014, Amy was awarded the "Heart of a Lion" award by Visalia Pride Lions Club for her service to the community.
Amy received a bachelor of science degree in Recreation Administration from California State University, Fresno in 1987. She worked as a recreation therapist in the mental health field for 12 years before returning to Visalia in 1999. Amy currently works as a recreation therapist for Kaweah Delta Rehabilitation Hospital.
Amy lives with her partner of 19 years, Mary, and their 2 rescued Chocolate Labrador Retrievers (Georgee and Gracee). When not involved in community activities, Amy can be found on the golf course or on stage doing her stand-up comedy routine.
"I strive for Visalia to maintain its heritage, strong sense of community, and unique quality of life as we plan and grow for the future."