Mary Bunting was appointed to the VRA Board by Governor McAuliffe in September 2016. Bunting serves as the City Manager of the City of Hampton, and brings her understanding of the needs of the Hampton Roads area to bear on her work with VRA, including her participation in the Audit and Budget Committees for VRA. A Hampton native, Bunting has worked for the city since 1989. Her work on civic budget management has garnered many national awards, including the 2012 ICMA Strategic Leadership & Governance Program Excellence Award, and recognition by President Obama in 2012 as a Local Innovation leader as part of the White House's Champion of Change Program.
Bunting earned her Bachelors of Arts from Johns Hopkins University in 1988 and her Masters in Public Administration from Syracuse University in 1989. She worked for the City of Phoenix, Arizona before joining the City of Hampton as Assistant to the City Manager in 1989. In 1995, she was promoted to Assistant City Manager. She was appointed City Manager effective January 1, 2010. During her many years with Hampton city government, she has worked in or overseen most areas of the City's operations. She has also been responsible for facilitating the City's reengineering program which resulted in the successful merger of several City departments and implementation of the nationally recognized 311 Call Center.
Mary is married to Mark Bunting and together they are the proud parents of three children Parker, Carter and Hannah Bunting.