Kristen Keim, SRP field services liaison
"Women who perform the same duties as their male counterparts deserve to be compensated equally. Pay equity has given women the opportunity to thrive!"
Kristen Keim, SRP field services liaison
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SRP to become City of Tempe’s Newest and Second-Largest Equal Pay Business Partner

Equal Pay for Equal Work to be Highlighted at Tempe City Council Virtual Meeting on Thursday

Salt River Project (SRP) will become the City of Tempe's next Equal Pay Business Partner. The community-based not-for-profit water and power company will be honored on Thursday, Aug. 12th at the Tempe City Council Virtual Work Study Session at 4 p.m.

"I congratulate SRP on its commitment to ensuring equity for its workforce. It is companies like SRP that will enable our country to reach the goal of equal pay for everyone," said Tempe Mayor Corey Woods.

SRP provides reliable, affordable water and power to more than 2 million people living in central Arizona. The company is more than 100 years old and employs more than 5,000 people locally, making it among the largest of Tempe's Equal Pay Business Partners.

“It is important to SRP to belong to a growing list of Tempe employers who value and promote gender pay equity as part of our inclusive organizational culture. As the nation’s third-largest public power utility, we want to ensure the expansion of gender representation and demonstrate our commitment to pay equity,” said SRP Manager of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Essen Otu. “Equity allows everyone to reach their fullest potential, which benefits SRP employees, customers and our entire community.”

SRP will also participate in Tempe's Equal Pay Negotiation Workshops. The salary negotiation training classes will resume late this year and some of SRP's women in leadership will share career experiences and challenges and offer helpful advice to empower other women to achieve their goals. To learn more or register for the workshops, visit

“SRP is doing its part to close the (inequity) gap,” said Maria Naff, an engineering manager for SRP. “Over the course of ones’ career, the lost income adds up. Closing the gap isn’t just a win for women, it has social and economic benefits also, since women are breadwinners in half of U.S. households.”

To become Equal Pay certified, Tempe businesses complete a self-assessment tool to determine if they truly are paying equal wages between genders for equal positions. Those that qualify receive Equal Pay Business Partner status, which gives businesses the opportunity to use the Equal Pay Business Partner logo on their own websites and in hiring materials.

The City of Tempe encourages its businesses to take advantage of this certification. Businesses can apply to at

Maria Naff, SRP engineering manager
"Equal pay enables women to thrive by being seen, heard and valued in the workplace."
Maria Naff, SRP engineering manager

Other Equal Pay Business Partners:
Landings Credit Union
Architekton, Inc.
Mulligan's Manor
Mountain Park Health Center
Dinos2 Personalized Auto Sales, Inc.
Express Employment Professionals
City of Tempe
Factor 1 Studios

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About SRP

SRP is a community-based, not-for-profit public power utility and the largest provider of electricity in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, serving more than 1 million customers. SRP is also the metropolitan area’s largest supplier of water, delivering about 750,000 acre-feet annually to municipal, urban and agricultural water users.