Phoenix, Arizona , United States
|| July 12, 1942
Jul 12, 2006 07:44pm
Caucasian - Married -
|Info||The oldest of six boys, Jim Pederson was born and raised in Casa Grande, Arizona. Jim’s father Ed was the City Manager of Casa Grande for 25 years. With six boys to care for, his mother Lillian worked at home until his last brother reached the age where she could resume her career as a registered nurse. |
Jim’s parents emphasized the value of hard work and education. Jim was a standout student of the public schools in Casa Grande and went on to the University of Arizona where he earned his degree in political science and his masters in public administration. While in school, Jim worked three part-time jobs to pay his tuition.
Interested in community and public service work from an early age, Jim moved to Phoenix in 1967 and began work for the Research and Budget Division for the City of Phoenix. He then took the job as Administrative Assistant to Phoenix Mayor Milt Graham.
After Mayor Graham left office in 1970, Jim began working in commercial development first for the Grossman Company and then Westcor. Rising to the position of manager for all of Westcor’s shopping centers, Jim decided to branch out on his own and formed the Pederson Group in 1983. His first development was a neighborhood shopping center in Goodyear, AZ in 1986. Since then, the Pederson Group has developed over 25 retail projects throughout the state, creating thousands of jobs and receiving numerous awards for excellence.
As a native Arizonan, Jim has had a lifelong interest in ensuring that his home state continues to present the same opportunities to young people that were presented to him. With his hard work and commitment to Arizona communities, Jim has received numerous awards and distinctions including the Valley Big Brothers Leadership Award, the United Way Gold Award for Outstanding Service, and the City of Hope – Spirit of Life Award.
In 2001, Jim was elected state chair of the Arizona Democratic Party. He worked tirelessly to help elect Janet Napolitano to the Governor’s seat and bring the kind of leadership that today is making a positive difference in the lives of middle-class Arizonans. He also chaired the Fair Election Campaign, a ballot initiative to bring fairness to the legislative and congressional redistricting process.
Jim and his wife Roberta have been married for 33 years and currently reside in North Central Phoenix. They have three children, James, Marney and Lindsay.