Mary C. Woolridge was elected to the first Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Council in November 2002. She has been re-elected for three additional four-year terms. Councilwoman Woolridge proudly represents six neighborhoods: Algonquin, California, Hallmark, Park Duvalle, Parkland, Park Hill, and the City of Shively.
In 2017, Councilwoman Woolridge is Chair of the Metro Council’s Contracts and Appointments on Committee. She also serves as a member of the Budget Committee. In the past, she has served previously on the All Hazards Mitigation Advisory Committee and the Mayor’s Air Quality Task Force.
Prior to becoming a member of the Metro Council, she served in the Ninth Ward office of the Board of Aldermen. In this capacity, she gained extensive knowledge of government operations, administrative expertise in resolving constituent needs and a love for serving the community. She was an active member of the Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, working primarily on environmental issues. She is a 40-year member of the Hallmark Neighborhood Association and has served the group as community liaison. She has been a Block Watch captain and a member of the California Federation of Block Clubs.
Mary Collier Woolridge is a proud graduate of Central High School and attended Jefferson Community and Spencerian Colleges majoring in accounting. She is an active member of Southern Star Missionary Baptist Church. She has been married to her husband Jerry since 1962. They have one son Donald, and three grandchildren.
Councilwoman Woolridge has been honored by the following organizations: Butler High School 50th Year Anniversary Committee, Park Duvalle Community Health Center, JCPS (Champion for Children), Volunteers of America, Youth Alive, Inc., Community Builders, A Better Life, Inc., and the Coalition for the Homeless. She also has a Rosie the Riveter award. In 2005, the Louisville Defender Newspaper named her Professional Woman of the year. She was featured in the Inaugural Edition of Who’s Who in Louisville in 2009 and has been featured each year since. She received the Distinguished Leadership Award from Project One Inc. On April 10, 2010 the Councilwoman received the A. Phillip Randolph Institute/Louisville Chapter 2010 Community Service Award. She has been awarded the Shobe-Delahanty-McAnulty Jr. Humanitarian Award from Pride INC.
She was honored February 2012 by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. and given the “Women Trailer Blazer” Award. In March 2012, she was honored by the Dr. Joseph H. McMillan National Black Family Conference. She has received the “Hats Off to Women” Award from Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church and received the 2015 Special Recognition for the Food, Justice and Urban Community Award. In 2016, she received the Certificate of Appreciation for Community Leadership from St. Paul A.M.E. Church. In 2016, she was recognized by the University of Louisville College of Arts and Science with the Community Spirit Award, University of Louisville Yearlings Club Community Spirit Award, Secretary of State Commonwealth Ambassador for Kentucky Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression Award, and the United Nations of the USA Human Trafficking Champion Award On May 15, 2016, Southern Star Missionary Baptist Church presented her with a Certificate of Appreciation for 50 years plus of Membership.
Her memberships include the NAACP, the National League of Cities, the Kentucky Black Caucus of Locally Elected Officials (KBC-LEO) and the Metropolitan Housing Coalition. She was designated as an Honorary Co-Chair of the Kentucky African American Heritage Grand Opening Planning Committee. She is on the Rohm & Hass Community Advisory Council and is a member of the Elder Serve/Focal Point Advisory Group. She also belongs to the Shively Democratic Club and is on the organization’s Board. She serves on the Board of H. Temple Spears Senior Housing and is an Honorary Member of the Juneteenth Legacy Theatre Board.
While in office, she has championed for a full service grocery store in her district, has made major improvements to Algonquin Park and most recently the renovation of the Shively branch of the Louisville Free Public Library. She has also been vigilant in watching out for the health needs of the people of West Louisville, specifically those in District 3 near Rubbertown and other industrial areas. Economic Development is a top priority with her: involvement in the development of vacant property at 18th and Broadway where a new Wal-Mart Superstore will be located as well as the Opportunity Corner that will soon be locating on Wilson Avenue.