Mary Lou Berger is a New York native who moved to Pittsburgh as a teenager and relocated to Palm Beach County in 1989. As County Commissioner Burt Aaronson’s senior administrative assistant from 1994-2012, Berger was in charge of monitoring community issues and responding to constituent concerns in commission District 5, which encompasses West Boynton, Boca & Delray Beach. Prior to that service, she worked from 1989-1994 for the Palm Beach County Clerk of Court.

Before moving to Florida and working for local government, Commissioner Berger worked for many years at Montgomery Ward while living in Pennsylvania.

Commissioner Berger is a member of United South County Democratic Club, Democratic Club of Greater Boynton, Democratic Women’s Club of Palm Beach County, Boca Delray Democratic Club, Kings Point Democratic Club, the Economic Forum of Palm Beach County and the League of Woman Voters.

Government Experience:

  • Elected to District #5, Palm Beach County Commission in November 2012
  • Re-elected to District #5, Palm Beach County Commission in November 2016
  • Board Member (Alternate), Bio Science Land Protection Advisory Board
  • Board Member, Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Board Member, Palm Beach County Cultural Council
  • Board Member (Alternate), Water Resources Task Force
  • Board Member/District 34 Representative, Florida Association of Counties Board of Directors (FAC)
  • Co-Chair, FAC Urban Caucus
  • Committee Member, FAC Enterprise Committee
  • Member, National Association of Counties (NACo)
  • Member, NACo Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee
  • Member, NACo International Economic Development Task Force
  • Member, NACo Large Urban County Caucus
  • Past Board Member, Business Development Board Executive Committee
  • Past Board Member, Regional C-51 Governance & Finance Work Group
  • Past Board Member, Value Adjustment Board
  • Past Board Member/Chair Pro Tem, Water Resources Task Force
  • Past Chair, Solid Waste Authority
  • Past Chair, Tourist Development Council
  • Past Mayor, Palm Beach County Commission
  • Past Secretary, Solid Waste Authority
  • Past Vice Chair, Solid Waste Authority
  • Past Vice Mayor, Palm Beach County Commission

Professional Experience:

  • Palm Beach County Commission, Senior Administrative Assistant, District 5, 1994-2012
  • Palm Beach County Clerk of Court, Supervisor, Minutes Dept., 1989-1994

Civic Involvement:

  • Alliance of Delray, County Liaison, Palm Beach County Commission, District 5
  • Boca Delray Democratic Club, Member
  • Coalition of Boynton West Residential Associations (COBWRA), County Liaison, Palm Beach County Commission, District 5
  • Democratic Club of Greater Boynton, Member
  • Democratic Women's Club of Palm Beach County, Member
  • Economic Forum, Member
  • Faulk (Center for Counseling) Professional Leadership Council, Inaugural Board Member
  • Governing Board of the Delray Medical Center, Member
  • Kings Point Democratic Club, Member
  • League of Women Voters, Member
  • United South County Democratic Club, Member
  • Voter's Coalition (Disbanded), Member
  • West Boca Community Council, County Liaison, Palm Beach County Commission, District 5

Awards & Accomplishments:

  • Alliance of Delray, Woman of the Year
  • Spearheaded the Solicitation and Distribution on Public Roads (Panhandling) Ordinance
  • Initiated the Purple Heart Recipient Bus Project

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