SRP Elections – The Burton Barr Connection Between Mario Herrera and Keith Woods

Keith Woods Called a “Team Builder” and a “Statesman”

SRP Board Director Mario Herrera reflects on his friendship of more than 20 years with fellow SRP Board Director Keith Woods. Their friendship first started when they served on the SRP Council together, when Keith arrived at SRP in 1996. They also had a bond with a mutual friendship with the late Honorable Burton Barr, who for many years served as an Arizona State Representative, and Majority House Leader. Mario commends Keith as a “team builder” and a “statesman”, characteristics gained from Keith’s experiences as a page at the Arizona State House, under Representative Burton Barr from 1983 to 1984.

(Keith) was one of the chairman of the first governance committees…that was the greatest appointment that (SRP President) David (Rousseau) ever made, because at that time we had a lot of chaos, a lot of problems, and Keith… brought it together.

Mario Herrera, SRP Board Director, District 3

Keith Woods has served Salt River Project as an elected Board Director, since 2000, and the Council since 1996. He is presently the Board Chairman of the SRP Power Committee. Previously Keith has chaired the SRP Governance Committee, and the SRP Community Relations Committee. He is credited for his significant role in authoring SRP’s succession planning process, and for creating the Governance Coordinating Group, comprised off all elected bodies’ leadership and management.

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