Trendsetter to Know: Tammy Caputi

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Name: Tammy Caputi





Age: 51

Title: President of Yale Electric Inc.

Married, 17 years

Three daughters: 16, 13, 10

City I live in: Scottsdale

A typical day in my life includes wearing every possible hat. I run a business providing commercial lighting and electrical supplies, I oversee my three children’s schooling from home (temporarily), and I’m running a campaign for the Scottsdale City Council. I also make sure I find time to exercise every day; health and fitness have always been a priority for me. If you want something done, you give it to a busy person!

I was born in Boston, MA. 

My favorite thing about Arizona is our pioneering spirit. It’s a place where a person can reach higher and dream bigger. 

I’m listening to my daughters laughing together.

My family is eating dinner together every night, for the first time in years. 

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be my Dad, who was my inspiration. I have so many things I wish I could share with him. 

One thing I cannot live without is exercise. It clears my head, gives me time to organize my thoughts, and keeps me strong, fit, and healthy.

When I was younger, I wanted to be in charge!

I’m inspired by my children, who have adapted to the “new world order” without complaining or missing a beat. 

One person who motivates me is Melinda Gates, who doesn’t have to, but works hard every day to make the world a better place. She understands that when you make the world better for women, everyone benefits. 

If I could change anything in the world, it would be the status quo.

The perfect day would be spent outdoors (in November) in Arizona.

My first job was scooping ice cream.

My favorite escape is a spa day at any of Scottsdale’s awesome resorts.

My life is bursting with possibilities!

I’m currently working on getting elected to the Scottsdale City Council, to be a positive, forward-thinking voice for the city. 

Always stay positive and look ahead.

Never prejudge or close your mind.

Favorite Quote: “When they go low, we go high”. 

Biggest Dream is making the world more just and equitable for everyone. Justice and equality are not a zero-sum game- one group doesn’t have to lose for another to win. Everyone can win. 

My Pet Peeve is when people make arguments based on false equivalencies, or without understanding the facts.

More About Tammy Caputi:
I grew up in Boston and have lived in Scottsdale for the past 20 years; Arizona is my home. I am the President and Owner of Yale Electric West, Inc, (, a company I founded in 2001 here in Scottsdale.

Yale Electric West is a distributor of lighting and electrical products. We are certified as a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) with the City of Phoenix and have been involved in the construction of hundreds of commercial projects in Greater Phoenix and beyond. I’ve spent the last 20 years bringing light and power all over Arizona, and now I want to help shine a light on Scottsdale with my knowledge, experience, and values.

I have a B.A. from Wellesley College in Economics and an MBA from Simmons University. I am a Fellow with the Flinn-Brown Arizona Center for Civic Leadership and Leading for Change. I am active in the Phoenix Jewish Community, in local politics, in my children’s schools, and in the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce. I had the honor to serve for the past three years on the Development Review Board for the City of Scottsdale, overseeing the quality of development in our city. I am the current Chair of SCOTT, an organization dedicated to promoting, enhancing, and improving Scottsdale’s quality of life and economic vitality through community education and involvement in public policy issues.

I’ve been interested in health and fitness all my life and participate regularly in many outdoor activities and physical pursuits. I’ve been married for seventeen years and have three young daughters who attend school in the Paradise Valley School District. I am energized and outspoken and committed to working towards a continually improving Scottsdale that represents our shared civic values of opportunity, responsibility, and community that includes all of our voices. I’m a current candidate for the Scottsdale City Council.


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