Council Members Bios
Councilmember Mike Green
Michael Green has been a resident of Draper for the past several years. Mike is native to Utah, born and raised in Midvale and graduated from West Jordan High, where he was the Foreign Language Sterling Scholar. He is currently serving as Mayor Pro Tempore.
Michael serves on the Draper Emergency Preparedness Committee, is the Chair of the Redevelopment Agency, the city representative to the Jordan River Commission and the city representative to the Legislative Policy Committee for the Utah League of Cities and Towns.
Outside of Draper City, Mike is an associate attorney with Cowdell and Wooley, PC. Michael handles a wide variety of cases, to include eminent domain litigation, real estate development litigation, and a broad array of transactional work. A unique attribute of the firm, is that they are contracted prosecution agency. Michael is a Special Deputy District Attorney for Salt Lake County, and City Prosecutor for several municipalities around the state.
Prior to working for Cowdell and Wooley, Michael was the Assistant Attorney General assigned to the Utah State Treasurer. Michael covered a broad array of legal issues including the Unclaimed Property Division, the School and Institutional Trust Fund Office, the State Money Management Council, the Governor’s Energy Advisor and provided general legal advice to the Treasurer’s Office and other constitutional and executive officers. Previous to that, Michael was counsel to the Utah Medicaid Inspector General where he prosecuted over 300 civil Medicaid fraud, waste, and abuse matters.
Michael has an undergraduate degree from the University of Utah in Political Science and was a Hinckley Institute of Politics fellow in Washington, D.C. Michael has a Master’s Degree from Utah State University in Political Science, with an emphasis on Political Economy. Michael attended law school in San Diego, California at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Michael took the opportunity to study abroad at the Zhejian University in Hangzhou, China. He studied international trade, international contract drafting and doing business in China.
Michael is also a member of the Utah Army National Guard and has served for over 18 years and deployed to Afghanistan in 2003. Michael is licensed to practice law before the Utah Supreme Court, Federal District Court of Utah, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Michael is also an avid football fan, golfer, aviator, and wake surfer. As a young man, Mike earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
Councilmember Tasha Lowery
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Tasha Lowery began her term on the Draper City Council on January 8, 2018.
Councilwoman Lowery pledged to work strategically, intelligently, and collaboratively for the residents of Draper City. Lowery believes that the future of Draper depends on preserving and protecting Draper’s high quality of life while simultaneously making critically important decisions to ensure future economic success.
Tasha has lived in Draper since 2008. She has served on multiple volunteer boards and service organizations. Her deep investment in the local community led her to want to become more
involved. Lowery is a strong advocate for the parks and trails, the open space, and the great natural beauty available in Draper. She believes in strong infrastructure and smart growth.
Tasha Lowery is a graduate of Colgate University and the University of California at Berkeley. She has a Masters of the Arts in Education and holds degrees as an educator, a literacy specialist, and in school administration. She is licensed in NY, CA, MT, and UT. She has served as a master teacher, run professional development for school districts, and directed Title I intervention programming for at risk students. In addition, Lowery has worked as a consultant to Leap Frog Technologies, and as a private reading specialist and educational consultant.
Tasha and her husband, Jason, enjoy hiking on the trails with their three children and two collies. They are often seen offering constructive criticism from the sidelines at soccer, basketball, and baseball games. Tasha also frequently enjoys doing laundry and spending quality time arguing about iPad minutes, finishing homework, and emptying dishwasher shelves. You can find her breathing deeply at Pilates class or relaxing at City Council meetings.
Councilmember Fred Lowry
Fred Lowry has called Draper home for more than 22 years, where he and his wife Jill have enjoyed raising their six children.
Fred considers it a great honor to have the opportunity to serve on the Draper City Council.
“The weight of representing all of the citizens of our community will not be forgotten,” says Lowry. “I feel a strong sense of responsibility to make sure everyone in our community is heard.”
If there is one thing Lowry is most concerned about, it is making sure he fully understands each issue and makes the best decisions to benefit Draper City. He wants to anticipate the unintended consequences that can happen when changes and development occur. His experience serving on the Draper City Planning Commission from 2009 through 2012 and past Chairman of the Draper Community Development Corporation are areas he expects to help him while serving on the council.
Fred has spent most of his life living in this area, and growing up in Sandy he witnessed the many changes in our valley over the past several decades. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in Communications-Journalism and immediately began his career in property and casualty insurance. His company serves as an information provider to the insurance industry and is headquartered in Draper, where he has served as president of Lowry & Associates, Inc. since 1989. His hobbies include mountain biking, golf, skiing, outdoor activities, and his family.
Councilman Cal Robert
Cal Roberts studied politics, finance, and philosophy at Brigham Young University, where he met his wife Elizabeth.
After graduating from BYU, Cal began his career on Wall Street as an investment banker working in mergers and acquisitions and leveraged finance at Moelis & Company and Credit Suisse. Elizabeth attended law school and began working as a corporate attorney. Cal worked on over $25 billion of corporate transactions working with multi-billion dollar venture capital firms and dozens of public and private companies.
Several years later, Cal and Elizabeth moved back to Utah and chose Draper as their home to build their lives and start a family. Cal also began running his own small businesses. Today, Cal owns and operates small businesses across the Salt Lake Valley and employs over 50 people.
In early 2019, Cal was appointed by Draper’s City Council to serve on a local board entrusted with protecting taxpayers’ hard-earned tax dollars in his local neighborhood. In 2019, Cal Roberts was elected to the City Council.
Cal believes city government works best when our elected officials are focused on hyper-local issues. Cal is committed to working with Draper residents to make each Draper neighborhood a better place to live.
Councilmember Marsha Vawdrey
As a third generation Draper resident, Marsha chose early on to become actively involved in the Draper community through many different roles. Marsha has served on the Willow Neighborhood Group, Historical Park Fundraising Committee, Draper Community Foundation, Draper Days Committee, S.L. County Fair Board, Save Corner Canyon PAC, Planning Commission and in many other capacities.
Marsha and her husband Doug served as the organizers of the Draper Days Rodeo for seven years. Under their leadership the rodeo grew from a small event to a “standing room only” crowd. It was hard work and dedication that resulted in this event becoming so popular. Their work on the Draper Days Rodeo is one of the Vawdrey family’s favorite memories and attending the rodeo every summer has become a Vawdrey family tradition.
When the water company made plans to develop Corner Canyon, Marsha got involved. Continuing her legacy of service, she became an organizing member of the citizens group “Save Corner Canyon” which rallied the support of the Draper community to pass a bond. These efforts allowed the City to purchase over 1000 acres of Corner Canyon property and place it in a perpetual conservation easement.
Marsha also served for eight years on the Draper City Planning Commission where her reputation was one of objectivity and fairness.
For the past six years, Marsha has served diligently on the Draper City Council where she has twice been elected to be the Mayor Pro Tempore by her fellow council members.
She currently serves as the city council liaison to the Draper Community Foundation, the Historic Preservation Commission and the Planning Commission. She is also the Redevelopment Agency vice chair.
Marsha and Doug enjoy traveling and are successful small business owners. Marsha’s role with the business focuses on management and finances. Her background has prepared her to be fiscally responsible and taught her how to make wise decisions while balancing a budget. Her perspective as a small business owner makes her uniquely qualified to make decisions related to smart growth, economic development and limiting government overreach. The Vawdeys raised their four daughters in Draper and are the grandparents of 13. Marsha loves Draper and is committed to the Draper community.