A Mesa native with deep family roots that go back to Falcon Field during World War II, Duff is very active in the Mesa community. She spent six years on the Board of Directors of the i.d.e.a. Museum. She has served on the City of Mesa Planning and Zoning Board and co-founded the Retail, Arts, Innovation and Livability (R.A.I.L) Community Development Corporation. In 2015 she was awarded the Mesa Community College Hall of Fame Alumni Achievement Award. In 2021 Duff received the LISC Phoenix Annual Exemplary Advocate Award for her work supporting the now-thriving Downtown Mesa community.
Duff is a proud small business owner and entrepreneur. She is the President and Owner of Jef International, Inc., an import/export trading business specializing in sport fishing tackle. She started the business in 1990, following six years as a Professional Bass Angler. She was recognized as the top woman pro bass angler in the Southwest and is the only American woman to ever compete professionally in Japan (Duff lived in Japan in 1989 competing and promoting the sport). Duff is also the former owner of Lobina Lures, which has been manufacturing and distributing Rico brand topwater bass fishing lures since 1991. Prior to her career in sport fishing, Duff worked as a buyer for Goldwater’s department store for six years.
Jenn is a product of Mesa, graduating from Mesa High and earning her Associate in Arts in Fashion Merchandising from Mesa Community College. She completed the Mesa Leadership Training and Development in 2012, Neighborhood Works Leadership Training in 2012, the Mesa Chamber Leadership Development Program in 2018 and the Mesa Fire and Medical Inaugural Citizen's Academy in 2018. She currently is part of the second class of the Smart Growth America Complete Streets Champions Institute. She was recently awarded the 2022 ATHENA Valley of the Sun Founders Award which recognizes inspiring women leaders.
Jenn Duff brings her deep knowledge of Mesa to every decision she makes. Jenn was first elected to the Mesa City Council in November of 2018 and was named Vice Mayor of Mesa on January 11, 2021. With your support, she’ll continue her outstanding work for Mesa for another four years on the City Council.
Photo by Jon Balinkie