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A Brief History of the Coalition of Greater Scottsdale

Our History

In 2006, over 80 active citizens, business owners, and merchants gathered at Chaparral Suites, hosted by owner Tom Silverman. The goal was to ensure residents’ and business owners’ voices were heard by the City Council and to advocate for appropriate decisions. The then-current Council’s push for greater density and increased building heights threatened the community’s vision and quality of life.

Founding Board of Directors

– First Chair (2006-2008): John Washington
– Chair (2008-2019): Sonnie Kirtley
– Chair (2019): Betty Janik (took sabbatical to run successfully for Scottsdale City Council in 2019)
– Executive Director: Sonnie Kirtley (during Betty’s absence)


– 2006-07: Bylaws written and approved; mission statement established: “Consistent land use policy and preservation of our unique quality of life.”
– 2019: Transitioned to a 501(c)(4) organization to allow greater involvement in elections, bonds, and endorsements.

Ongoing Support

– Scottsdale Neighborhood Arts Project
– Friends of the Library/Heritage Collection

Our Reach

COGS membership and the Board of Directors represent the entire geographical diversity of Scottsdale, from the northern edge to the southern tip of the city.