Mayor 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. She served as Mayor in 2016-2017 and in 2020.

Usha has lived in Manhattan for more than 25 years. She has a BA degree in Developmental Psychology from Ohio State University, a BS degree in Elementary Education and an MS in Educational Leadership from Kansas State University. She taught 1st grade for over 10 years and is currently a Title 1 Math teacher at Ogden Elementary School in Manhattan-Ogden USD383. She and her husband, Brian, have four adult children: Ben, Ravi, Sri and Santhi. 

Usha has been an active community member:

  • Riley County Police Department Law Board, 2015-Present
  • Friends of McCain Board of Directors, 2015-Present
  • National Association of Mental Illness, 2015-Present
  • Flint Hills National Association of Mental Illness, 2015-Present
  • American Association for University Women, 2014-Present
  • Justice Involved Youth and Adults Subcommittee, 2015-Present
  • Ogden Site Council, 2012-Present
  • Konza Manhattan Rotary – 2011-Present
  • League of Women Voters, 2010-Present
  • 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
  • Manhattan Public Library, 2011-2012, 2013-2014, 2016-2017
  • President of National Education Association Manhattan-Ogden, 2008-2010
  • Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 Diversity Commission, 2004-2008

  • Kansas State University Office of International Programs 2017 International Innovative Educator of the Year Award
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness 2017 Member of the Year
  • Staley School of Leadership 2017 Susan M. Scott Award Community Leadership Award 
  • USD 383 Teacher of the Year for 2010-2011