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The Mary Giuliani Stephens story begins in 1914 when Mary’s grandfather, Evaristo, “Nonno” Giuliani emigrated from the small Italian town of Poggio Moiano to Ellis Island, New York. Nonno soon moved to Pennsylvania, began work in the coal mines, and married three years later. From there, he opened his own grocery store, and became a father.

Mary’s Dad, Emilio, was one of six children born to Evaristo and Angelina. Like many of the “Greatest Generation,” Emilio served in World War II, came home, married, and started a family.

Emilio and his wife, Georgene Giuliani married in 1953, and Mary, born on April 23, 1955 was the second of six children. Emilio and Georgene have been married 64 years, and still compliment and bring out the best in each other.

As a very young girl, Mary and her family moved to Rochester, Minnesota when Emilio began his residency in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic.

Growing up in a Christian home and raised by her parents to value hard work, honesty and a strong family bond, Mary worked summer jobs throughout high school. She also volunteered at St. Mary’s hospital as a “candy striper,” serving meals and visiting with patients in the hospital.

While attending Mayo High School, Mary joined the Law Explorers Post, a program where judges and lawyers spent time with students interested in a law career. It was through their mentoring that Mary decided to become a lawyer.

After high school, Mary attended the University of Michigan. During college and during the summer Mary worked a variety of jobs; waitressing, as a newspaper carrier, babysitting, and as a security officer at Dayton’s in Rochester. She also worked as a laborer painting steam pipes on an Air Force base.

She received a B.A. degree with distinction, and came back home to attend William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, where she graduated cum laude. She worked during the day to pay for school, and attended classes at night, while still finding time to be active in the Student Bar Association and as a member of the Law Review.

Following graduation, Mary went to work for Moore, Costello & Hart, and soon became a partner in the firm, where she practiced primarily in the area of construction litigation.

During this time, she met Greg Stephens, also an attorney, and the couple married in 1984. One year later, they moved to Woodbury, then a small community of 10,000, where they settled down, became more active in their faith and started a family, with Jane born in 1985, and David in 1988.

Mary continued to practice law until 1993, and became active in the community, at her children’s school, in youth sports, on the Woodbury Soccer Board, and at church, where she taught AWANA classes. She also worked part-time as an arbitrator and mediator. Mary continues to hold her law license, though not currently practicing, and is admitted to practice before the Minnesota State Bar; U.S District Court, District of MN; US Circuit Court and US Tax Court.

Mary is also a graduate and former board member of the Minnesota Excellence in Public Service Series, a national leadership program that equips female leaders to serve in politics and government.

In 2006, Mary won a seat on the Woodbury City Council, and in 2010, was elected Mayor. She is serving her second 4-year term, and ran unopposed in her last election. She is active in the Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce and at Eagle Brook Church. Her hobbies include boating, skiing, spoiling her grandchildren, and family reunions spent each summer at resorts in Minnesota’s lake country.

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The Mary Giuliani Stephens story begins in 1914 when Mary’s grandfather, Evaristo, “Nonno” Giuliani emigrated from the small Italian town of Poggio Moiano to Ellis Island, New York. Nonno soon moved to Pennsylvania, began work in the coal mines, and married three years later. From there, he opened his own grocery store, and became a father.

Mary’s Dad, Emilio, was one of six children born to Evaristo and Angelina. Like many of the “Greatest Generation,” Emilio served in World War II, came home, married, and started a family.

Emilio and his wife, Georgene Giuliani married in 1953, and Mary, born on April 23, 1955 was the second of six children. Emilio and Georgene have been married 64 years, and still compliment and bring out the best in each other.

As a very young girl, Mary and her family moved to Rochester, Minnesota when Emilio began his residency in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic.

Growing up in a Christian home and raised by her parents to value hard work, honesty and a strong family bond, Mary worked summer jobs throughout high school. She also volunteered at St. Mary’s hospital as a “candy striper,” serving meals and visiting with patients in the hospital.

While attending Mayo High School, Mary joined the Law Explorers Post, a program where judges and lawyers spent time with students interested in a law career. It was through their mentoring that Mary decided to become a lawyer.

After high school, Mary attended the University of Michigan. During college and during the summer Mary worked a variety of jobs; waitressing, as a newspaper carrier, babysitting, and as a security officer at Dayton’s in Rochester. She also worked as a laborer painting steam pipes on an Air Force base.

She received a B.A. degree with distinction, and came back home to attend William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, where she graduated cum laude. She worked during the day to pay for school, and attended classes at night, while still finding time to be active in the Student Bar Association and as a member of the Law Review.

Following graduation, Mary went to work for Moore, Costello & Hart, and soon became a partner in the firm, where she practiced primarily in the area of construction litigation.

During this time, she met Greg Stephens, also an attorney, and the couple married in 1984. One year later, they moved to Woodbury, then a small community of 10,000, where they settled down, became more active in their faith and started a family, with Jane born in 1985, and David in 1988.

Mary continued to practice law until 1993, and became active in the community, at her children’s school, in youth sports, on the Woodbury Soccer Board, and at church, where she taught AWANA classes. She also worked part-time as an arbitrator and mediator. Mary continues to hold her law license, though not currently practicing, and is admitted to practice before the Minnesota State Bar; U.S District Court, District of MN; US Circuit Court and US Tax Court.

Mary is also a graduate and former board member of the Minnesota Excellence in Public Service Series, a national leadership program that equips female leaders to serve in politics and government.

In 2006, Mary won a seat on the Woodbury City Council, and in 2010, was elected Mayor. She is serving her second 4-year term, and ran unopposed in her last election. She is active in the Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce and at Eagle Brook Church. Her hobbies include boating, skiing, spoiling her grandchildren, and family reunions spent each summer at resorts in Minnesota’s lake country.