Betsy Bolding is a native Arizonan, and a Tucsonan, essentially, since she enrolled in the University of Arizona. She received her BA in journalism in 1962 and MA in English in 1965.
She taught high school journalism and English for 15 years and, during the mid-70s, simultaneously hosted a weekly television interview program. That “moonlighting” job led to her catching the political bug and jumping in.
In 1978, after successfully co-chairing his campaign in Southern Arizona, Betsy served as Director of Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt’s Tucson office during his eight year tenure — her second career.
For the past 20 plus years, Betsy has been Manager of Consumer Affairs at Tucson Electric Power and UNS Energy, where her many community involvements — from the Mayor’s Commission on Poverty and the Board of the Arizona Community Action Assn. to a member of Women at the Top and a founding member of the LOFT Cinema Board — keep her in touch with TEP’s customers and consumer issues.
In addition to the Social and Behavioral Sciences Board, Betsy is President of the Gender and Women Studies Advisory Committee (WOSAC) Board and involved with the Women’s Plaza of Honor. She is also a long-time Trustee at Prescott College and is past president of both the Arizona Theatre Company and the Community Food Bank.