Mayor Pro Tem Usha Reddi

Elected Position

Usha Reddi was first elected to the Manhattan City Commission for a four-year term in April 2013 and re-elected in 2017 and 2021. She served as Mayor in 2016-2017 and in 2020. 


Usha’s family immigrated from India to the United States in 1973, when she was eight years old. She was primarily raised in Columbus, OH along with her two brothers.

Usha has lived in Manhattan for more than 28 years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Developmental Psychology from Ohio State University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Kansas State University. She taught 1st grade for over 10 years and is currently on a leave of absence from Manhattan-Ogden USD383. She and her husband, Brian, have four adult children: Ben, Ravi, Sri and Santhi. 
 Usha has been an active community member:

  • Justice Involved Youth and Adults Governor’s Subcommittee, 2015-Present
  • National Association of Mental Illness Board of Directors, 2015-Present
  • Riley County Mental Health Task Force, 2017-Present
  • Friends of McCain Board of Directors, 2015-Present
  • Flint Hills National Association of Mental Illness, 2015-Present
  • American Association for University Women Executive Committee2014-Present
  • Konza Manhattan Rotary – 2011-Present
  • League of Women Voters, 2010-Present
  • Manhattan Public Library, 2011-2012, 2013-2014, 2016-2017, 2020
  • Manhattan Chamber of Commerce ex-officio, 2017, 2020
  • Riley County Police Department Law Board, 2015-2019
  • Ogden Site Council, 2012-2019
  • Flint Hills Metropolitan Planning Organization, 2015-2017
  • Flint Hills Regional Transit Administration, 2015-2017
  • Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau Steering Committee, 2016-2017
  • Manhattan Housing Authority, 2012-2014
  • President of National Education Association Manhattan-Ogden, 2008-2010
  • Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 Diversity Commission, 2004-2008