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MARY SWIERGOL - 2019 / 06/28/2019 4:37 pm

Mary grew up in New Jersey with five siblings, studied at Rutgers University, married Jack Swiergol, started a family and then headed west to Seattle in 1978 where she studied photography while raising a family in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Jack’s work took them to Phoenix in 1981. Another opportunity and a quick visit to Tucson two years later and it became clear that Tucson was the home they were looking for.

Mary began her career in publishing in 1985 working for a very small, local Tucson publication. When the owner of the publication ceased operations, Mary, with a partner and the grocery money, started THE DESERT LEAF. The first issue was published in October 1987 and in October 2019, THE DESERT LEAF will celebrate their 32ndAnniversary. 

With very little experience and knowledge of the industry norm it was easy to break all the rules, a practice that may have been key to THE DESERT LEAF's initial success. Mary is a strong supporter of Tucson’s non-profit community and THE DESERT LEAF has helped many organizations over the years. The publication has also received numerous AAFT Addy Awards over the years, a testament to the team’s editorial and graphic’s strengths.

 

Mary currently serves on the boards of The American Advertising Federation Tucson and Tohono Chul. She is also a member of WPO, WATT and Tiempo, all professional women's organizations.

Mary was the recipient of AAFT’s “Golden Pen Award” in 2011.