Councilmember Mari Montgomery hails from a small steel mill town in Pennsylvania and knew from a young age that she wanted to pursue studies in the fine arts. She attended Wilkes University on a music scholarship in voice and clarinet and graduated magna cum laude in 1985. She then held a post as a teaching assistant at the University of North Carolina while earning a Masters of Music (1987).
In the years following, she toured with Opera Carolina, was an Assistant Professor of Music, and performed as a featured soloist on multiple occasions with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Upon moving to Texas in 2001, Montgomery became a choir director in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She and her husband Don visited Huntsville in 2006, while considering additional choir director positions, and were enchanted with the downtown area. Montgomery led the Huntsville High School choir to its first sweepstakes in over ten years before retiring from music and starting her own business, Mari Realty, in order to plant deeper roots in Huntsville.
Montgomery has been a member of the City of Huntsville’s Zoning Board of Adjustments since 2013, and served as its Vice-Chair in 2018.
Councilmember Montgomery is ready to focus on Huntsville's prosperity and recognition and working with the community to preserve the city's uniqueness while providing for its inevitable growth in a planned and controlled manner.