Mayor Figueroa

Javier Figueroa was born in Monterrey, Mexico and raised in Bay City, Texas. Javier has lived in Pierce County since 1978. In 1991, he moved to University Place. Figueroa has been married to his wife, Mary Kay, since 1981 and has four children.

Figueroa has 31 years of experience in real estate asset management. Figueroa's experience in the real estate field encompasses the specialized fields in sales, development, appraising, project management, environmental issues, and property rights. He is nationally and internationally recognized for his expertise in real estate negotiations, public right-of-ways, and financing of energy efficiency. Professional positions include serving as the Lands Program Manager for the Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission and as Executive Vice President of Rockmann Development Group, LLC.

Current Council roles:

  • Mayor
  • Finance Committee
  • Pierce County Mayors & Executives Committee
  • Rainier Communications Commission, President 
  • 2015 U.S. Open Task Force, Member

A native of Monterrey, Mexico, Mayor Figueroa is the first naturalized citizen from Mexico to be elected as a city council member, and now as a mayor, in the State of Washington. Deeply committed to the community, Figueroa has volunteered in a variety of community programs, from being a University Place Parks Commissioner to a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for the Pierce County Juvenile Court System, and from being a board member for The Grand Cinema to currently serving as a certified arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau of Washington, since 1995.

Figueroa is an accomplished racquetball player, avid reader, chess player, golfer, and enjoys cooking.

Figueroa's professional highlights:

  • Authored the Trans-Canada Trail Province of British Columbia Report "Trail Issues & Opportunities for Telecommunications & Utility Purposes," funded by the Province of British Columbia.
  • Lecturer/consultant for the British Columbia Asset and Land Corporation: Presented workshops: "Fiber Optic Telecom Opportunities/Demand in the Pacific Northwest;" "Public Policy Development for Telecom Pricing;" "Negotiation Approaches and Principles;" and "Implementation of Documents."
  • Technical lead & Co-Author "Washington State Home Energy Rating System Business Plan."
  • Designated panel member and guest speaker at The White House Conference on Global Climate Change, at the invitation of the White House Office of Environmental Policy.
  • Secretariat and Co-Author of Action #8 of the 1993 U.S. Climate Change Action Plan.
  • U.S. Delegate to the 1994 Environmental Conference in Moscow, Russia, at the invitation of the Russian Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources.

Figueroa served 12 years in the Armed Forces (Army).

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