Mary Balkema is the elected Kalamazoo County Treasurer. She started her political career in 2001 and served three terms as Kalamazoo City Commissioner. In 2007, the treasurer retired and Mary was appointed to serve the remainder of her term. In 2008, 2012, and 2016 she was re-elected to a four year term.
Mary has volunteered countless hours to help elect leaders to the local, state and national government. She is passionate about community development and has leveraged millions of dollars to remove blight and build affordable housing units in the county.
Mary is the board chair for the Kalamazoo LISC Local Advisory Committee, and the board chair for the Kalamazoo County Land Bank Authority.