Michelle Romero was elected at-large to the Henderson City Council in April 2019, representing Ward I. Councilwoman Romero serves with the Mayor and her fellow councilmembers as the legislative branch of the Henderson community, responsible for setting policies and making decisions concerning many aspects of local government for Nevada's second largest city, which has been recognized as one of the best places to live in America and one of the nation's safest cities.
Prior to her elected service, Councilwoman Romero served the City of Henderson for 25 years in several capacities, most recently as the Henderson Redevelopment Agency Manager from 2007 until 2016. As Manager, Romero lead a team of professionals who indelibly changed the face of the Downtown Henderson/Water Street District, and other maturing areas of the City. Her responsibilities included managing all services and activities of the Redevelopment Agency and the five Redevelopment Areas, which include Downtown, Cornerstone, Tuscany, Eastside and Lakemoor.
During her time as the Agency Manager, Councilwoman Romero oversaw the renaissance of the Water Street District, which included new housing and retail opportunities, jobs and entertainment venues. Additionally, she managed the Agency through the completion of infrastructure improvements in Tuscany, and the negotiation of Owner Participation Agreements for tax increment reimbursement for the Cadence, Union Village and Henderson Hospital projects, each of which is expected the bring thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investment to the City. She also oversaw the creation of both the Eastside and Lakemoor redevelopment areas.
During her time with the Redevelopment Agency, Councilwoman Romero worked with local businesses to form the Water Street District Business Association and brought the Super Run Car Show to Henderson in 2000, which annually generated millions in visitor spending in Henderson. In addition, she created the Farmer’s Market, which is in its 20th year, and managed the Agency’s creation of numerous financial assistance programs that help business owners, residents, and developers to reinvest in aging areas of the community.
A native of Henderson, Romero graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Upper Iowa University and is the owner of Michelle Romero Consulting, which specializes in Redevelopment, Economic Development and Planning issues.
She serves on the Community Advisory Board for Henderson Hospital and is also a board member for Parallel Innovation Labs, a nonprofit organization created to build educational and laboratory infrastructure in southern Nevada.
Romero was recognized in 2020 by the National Association of Women Business Owners with a Woman of Distinction Award in the Government/Corporate Division for her leadership and achievements throughout her career and by the Nevada Chapter of the American Planning Association as Elected Official of the Year.
Married to her husband, Ben Romero, since 1986, Councilwoman Romero has four sons who were raised in Henderson and seven grandchildren.