City of Phoenix
City of Buckeye
Regional Program Manager
Administrative Assistant II
Regional Research Analyst II
Regional Economic Development Specialist II
The role of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Economic Development Committee (EDC) is to develop opportunity-specific and action-oriented initiatives that fosters and advances infrastructure in the MAG region, especially transportation infrastructure that would further economic development opportunities. The EDC consists of 35 members, which is comprised of 19 MAG member agency elected officials and one representative from the Arizona Department of Transportation appointed by the MAG Regional Council. The committee also includes 15 business representatives.
Latest Economic Development Committee News: Economic Development Committee E-Update is a summary of the actions taken during the most recent Economic Development Committee meeting, and information about upcoming events.
Greg Stanton, Chair
Mayor, City of Phoenix
Jackie Meck, Vice Chair
Mayor, City of Buckeye
Mayor, Town of Queen Creek
Steven A. Betts
Greater Phoenix Economic Council Board Member
President and CEO, Arizona Trucking Association
W.J. “Jim” Lane
Mayor, City of Scottsdale
Joseph Carter, Ph.D.
Avnet Professor of Supply Chain Management Thunderbird School of Global Management
Councilmember, Town of Gilbert
Associate Vice President for University Affairs, Arizona State University
Gregory J. Donovan
Superintendent of Western Maricopa Education Center
Mark R. Dreher, CPA
Founding Partner, Wallace, Plese + Dreher, LLP
Councilmember, City of Peoria
Councilman, Town of Carefree
Supervisor, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors
President and CEO Greater Phoenix Leadership, Inc.
Vice Mayor, City of Chandler
President and CEO Westmarc
Mayor, Town of Fountain Hills
Councilmember, City of Tempe
President, El Dorado Holdings, Inc.
Associate Vice Chancellor Workforce Development Maricopa Community Colleges
Mayor, Town of Youngtown
Councilmember, City of Mesa
Councilmember, City of Glendale
Mayor, City of Maricopa
Vice Mayor, City of Tolleson
Floyd P. Roehrich, Jr.
Executive Officer, Arizona Department of Transportation
Rounds Consulting Group
President and CEO, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
Thomas L. Schoaf
Mayor, City of Litchfield Park
Councilmember, City of Avondale
Daniel J. Spitza, P.E.
Vice President, Achen-Gardner Construction, LLC
President and CEO Arizona Commerce Authority
Roland F. Winters, Jr.
Councilmember, City of Surprise
Mayor W. J. “Jim” Lane served for four years on the Scottsdale City Council beginning in June 2004, and began his first term as Mayor in January 2009. He was re-elected to the Mayor’s Office in 2012 and began his third term in January 2017.
Mayor Lane served on the 2002 Scottsdale Fire amd EMS Advisory Committee, which was convened to evaluate and make recommendations to the city regarding the desired level of fire and emergency medical services relative to cost.
His community service also includes six years on the Scottsdale Paradise Valley YMCA Board of Management. He chaired the 1999 Kids Campaign annual fundraising effort and is currently an emeritus board member.
Mayor Lane currently represents the city as a member of the Flinn Foundation Arizona Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee. He is the current Treasurer and Secretary of the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, a member of the Governor’s Arizona Workforce Committee, member of the Executive Committee of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, and a Chairman of the Maricopa Association of Governments Economic Development Committee, and a member of the Regional Council. Mayor Lane also serves on the Scottsdale Leadership Advisory Board, Arizona Game and Fish Appointment Recommendation Board, he is a member of the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations and an Honorary Member of the Taliesin West Board of Stewards. Mayor Lane is also a member of the Municipal Tax Code commission.
He came to Scottsdale from New Jersey in 1973 to take a position with KPMG (Peat Marwick), an international CPA firm. He worked as an Arizona CPA for 20 years with five of those years in public accounting as a financial statement auditor.
Mayor Lane has owned and operated businesses in construction, mining, computer technology, telecommunications, regional aviation and financial consulting. Mayor Lane is also a former Adjunct professor of Business and Accounting at Scottsdale Community College.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.
He and his wife Joanne have three adult children (Bill, Scott and Nancy) along with six grandchildren (Megan, Aislinn, Madison, Carson, Caleb, and Brooklynn).
Since taking office in 2012, Mayor Greg Stanton has worked tirelessly to build a modern economy that works for every Phoenix family. By boosting trade with Mexico, investing in the biosciences, and lifting up local small business, Stanton is leading the way to create an innovation-based, export economy built to last.
Stanton is committed to making our community a more welcoming and open place. Under his leadership, Phoenix became the first U.S. city to end chronic homelessness among veterans. Phoenix also earned national recognition as a leader on LGBT issues, and became the first Arizona city to earn a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's municipal equality index.
Stanton attended Marquette University on the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, and earned a law degree from the University of Michigan. Before he was elected to his first term mayor in 2011, Stanton served nine years on the City Council and as Arizona's Deputy Attorney General.
In 2015, Stanton won reelection and also successfully led one of the most ambitious transportation initiatives in the country – a plan that will triple Phoenix's light rail system over the next 35 years. In his second term, Stanton will continue to shape an economy that works for everyone—one rooted in innovation and focused on growing exports.
Gail Barney was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Town Council in January 2002 and was elected Mayor in June 2010. He served on the Planning and Zoning Commission from 1998 to 2002. As Mayor, Barney represents Queen Creek on the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council, on MAG’s Executive Committee and Economic Development Committee, the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Board of Directors, as Chair of the Maricopa/Northern Pinal Gateway Alliance and represents the Town Council on the Queen Creek Public Safety Retirement Board.
Barney earned an associate degree from Mesa Community College and a Bachelor of Arts from Arizona State University. He is an Eagle Scout. A lifelong Queen Creek resident, he operates his family farm in the community.
Current Committee Appointments
Randall Kimmens has over 28 years of higher education administration and teaching experience primarily in the community college administration. Randall has a B.S. degree in Sociology from Illinois State University, a MA degree in Education Psychology from Western State College and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership/Community College Administration from Northern Arizona University.
He has held several positions in higher education administration including experience as a faculty member, Department Chair, Dean of Students, Dean of Instruction at University of Denver, Arapahoe Community College, Pima Community College and Glendale Community College. Currently, and for the past four years he has worked as Associate Vice Chancellor of Workforce Development for Maricopa County Community College District. Major duties in this position include:
Randall has served as a contributor or board member of the Maricopa County Workforce Board, the Arizona Career/Technical Education Association Board, Chair of the Workforce Development Committee at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Arizona Occupational Administrators Council, Arizona Department of Education Career/Technical Education Board, Arizona Sci Tech Festival Planning Committee and the East Valley Partnership Aerospace and Defense Council, Arizona Quality Skills Standards Commission and the Arizona Manufacturing Partnership. Randall has been involved in a number of workforce committees related to various economic and workforce development associations, chambers of commerce and municipalities. He has presented workforce development papers and occupational education seminars at national conferences and has won awards for his work in workforce development initiatives.
Mr. Betts is the recently retired President and CEO of SunCor Development Company, a subsidiary of the Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, and developer of master planned communities throughout the Mountainwest and large-scale office, industrial, retail and mixed use urban projects in metropolitan Phoenix.
During his five-year tenure leading SunCor, the company experienced unprecedented growth, and Mr. Betts was named Developer of the Year by the Arizona Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Park Developers as well as a Most Admired CEO by the Phoenix Business Journal, and his company was awarded Developer of the Year by Southwest Contractor Magazine.
Prior to taking the helm of SunCor, Mr. Betts was a prominent land use and governmental affairs attorney for almost two decades, heading the practice groups of first Streich, Lang P.A., and later Gallagher and Kennedy. He was the architect and/or champion for landmark Arizona land use legislation such as the Growing Smarter Acts and the Arizona Preserve Initiative, and key economic development legislation such as the Tourism and Sports Authority Act, the Community Facilities District Act and the Military Airport Authority Act. For his work he was recognized with a Governor's Proclamation, and with two Planning Recognition Awards from the Arizona Planning Association.
Mr. Betts is currently the Chairman of the Urban Land Institute-Arizona District Council, Chairman of the Teach for America Phoenix Board and a member of the TFA National Council, on the Executive Committee of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Vice-Chair of the Arizona Town Hall, Chairman of the Interstate 11 Coalition, and Senior Advisor and Deputy Campaign Manager for Senator McCain's campaign committee. He has served as the Chairman of Valley Partnership, as a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership, as Honorary Base Commander of Luke Air Force Base and a member of the Growing Smarter Commission.
He received his law degree with honors from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, and a B.A. with honors from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.
Michael LeVault became the Town of Youngtown's 39th mayor on January 2, 2007. He worked first as an intern with the Department of Local Government Affairs for the State of Illinois in 1973. In 1974, he was a local government liaison in the Department of Business and Economic Development for Illinois. For three years, 1974 to 1977, LeVault was a personnel officer in the Illinois governor's office.
LeVault left state government to work first as a sales representative, then as executive vice president and sales manager for Financial Insurance Service, Inc. from 1978 to 1990. He served as president and CEO of Financial Insurance Agency, Inc. from 1991 to 1994.
From 1994 to 1997, he went into business for himself as owner and operator of Mississippi Delta Micro Brewery and Restaurant Inc. He became a division sales representative for Verizon, where he was employed from 1998 to 2004. In 2004, he became a realtor.
Michael LeVault was raised in Illinois and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Illinois University where he majored in political science with a minor in public relations. Michael LeVault is married to Kathryn J. French, Ph.D.
His community service includes HOA president and board member of Agua Fria Ranch, seniors ministry, prison ministry, ministry for the homeless and hungry, and remedial reading program for disadvantaged children.
Tony Bradley is the President and Chief Executive Officer for the Arizona Trucking Association and the Executive Director for the Arizona Transportation Education Foundation. Bradley has more than 17 years of experience in public policy, government relations, and public affairs. He is a double Sun Devil, with a Juris Doctorate and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Arizona State University.
Jon and his wife Brenda have been married since 1991, and they have lived in Peoria since 2001. The Edwards have three children who all attended local district schools.
Active in the Community
Appointed to fill the vacant District 5 seat in September of 2013, David Luna became the first Hispanic elected to the Mesa City Council when voters elected him in August of 2014. His term on the Mesa City Council runs until January of 2019.
Luna works as a Community Outreach Specialist for Mesa Public Schools. He is also an adjunct professor at both Arizona State University and Mesa Community College. He spent 27 years as the Director of Education Television for Mesa Public Schools, directing and managing channel 99 and edtv99.org.
Luna has also been recognized for his community involvement with numerous awards, including the Mesa United Way Volunteer of the Year Award in 2006, the City of Mesa National Emergency Preparedness Recognition in 2007, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle Society, the NAACP East Valley Chapter Humanitarian Award in 2008, Arizona Hispanic School Administration's Outstanding Administrator Award in 2008, the Valle del Sol Hall of Fame Award in 2011 and the Mesa United Way Spirit of Mesa Award in 2012. He was also named the City of Mesa's Citizen of the Year in 2012.
Luna began his career in broadcasting in Tucson, working as a camera operator and floor director for KVOA Channel 4 and with the Tucson Unified School District as a video/media specialist before joining Mesa Public Schools. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Radio/Television from the University of Arizona in 1979, a Master of Mass Communication from Arizona State University in 1999 and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University in 2012. He is also a 2002 graduate of the Mesa Leadership Training and Development program.
David is married to Hilda Luna, Director of Nursing Services at University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health. They have two adult daughters, Melina Smith and Marissa Luna, and two grandchildren, Sophia and Henry Smith.
National Boards or Committees
Arizona Boards and Committees
Joseph Carter is the associate director general of the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University. He is the Avnet Professor of Supply Chain Management at the W. P. Carey School of Business and is recognized as both a Certified Professional in Supply Management and a Certified Purchasing Manager by the Institute for Supply Management. His reputation as a scholar in the field of supply chain management is truly international, with his designation as the Institute for Supply Management Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University.
Carter has received many academic and professional awards and has been involved in several research projects sponsored by the Institute for Supply Management, the U.S. government and the nonprofit CAPS Research center at the W. P. Carey School. He is a much sought-after speaker and consultant for both corporate and professional practitioner organizations worldwide. In addition, several of his case studies have been published in textbooks, and other cases have been used as teaching instruments by prestigious business schools in the United States, including Harvard, and abroad, such as IESE in Spain and IMD in Switzerland. Carter holds a doctorate in operations management from Boston University.
Carter’s research efforts have been oriented toward purchasing and supply chain management issues. He has written 60 refereed journal articles and research monographs, all addressing issues in the fields of purchasing and supply chain management. Carter’s research contribution encompasses three major content areas: buyer and supplier communication processes and information exchange systems, international sourcing and supply chain management issues, and strategic procurement. Carter is also a principal investigator on a major project examining the role of corporate procurement in acquiring innovation and the new product/service development process.
Councilmember Ray L. Malnar has been a resident of Glendale for 26 years. He has owned and operated a local business for the past twenty-one years, following a career in accounting and financial management at United Parcel Service. Malnar holds a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration as well as Bachelor’s Degrees in both speech communication and finance from the University of Utah. He has served the community in various volunteer roles including, as a board member of Choice Academies, a hearing officer and mediator for the Maricopa Justice Courts, as a Scout Master and other positions within the Boy Scouts of America and as a volunteer in his church and political party. He also served 8 years as a board member for the West-Mec School District.
Eddie Cook was elected to the Council in 2011. He has served on the Gilbert Water Resource MPC, Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, President and board member of two local Catholic Schools and volunteers for a number of charitable and non-profit organizations. He has over 25 years in the private sector focused in the high technology industry. Companies include NetApp, Silicon Graphics, Parametric Technologies, Motorola and Orbital Sciences.
Eddie has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Arizona State University. Elected as a precinct and state committeeman with the Republican Party. Served on the GOP LD17 and LD22 executive board.
Eddie is active at St. Timothy Catholic Church with Music, Marriage and Men's ministries. Eddie was born in Okinawa and where many of his Japanese relatives remain. Eddie grew up in an US Air Force family traveling around the world. Eddie is married to Jenny, his high school sweetheart. They have 5 children, Joel, Xavier, Maria, Anthony and Sophia. The Cook family has lived in Gilbert since 1986. Eddie is a certified glider pilot and scuba diver and loves to compete in sports.
Jackie Meck was re-elected in 2012 to a second four-year term as the Mayor of Buckeye. A Buckeye native, Mayor Meck has served previously as town mayor from 1973 to 1975 and as a member of the town council from 1968 to 1975 and from 2002 to 2006.
Mayor Meck is the retired general manager of the Buckeye Water Conservation and Drainage District. Mayor Meck currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), as a member of the MAG Regional Council Executive Committee, as a member of the MAG Economic Development Committee, as Treasurer for the CAN-DO Coalition (Connecting Arizona and Nevada-Delivering Opportunities) Interstate-11 Coalition, and is on the Board of Trustees for the West Valley Hospital. Mayor Meck has also served as Chair on the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Transportation Policy Committee, on the Board of Directors of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, WESTMARC, and Valley Metro RPTA, is a past president of the Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Gila River’s El Rio Restoration Project Executive Committee.
Mayor Meck is a past chairman of the city’s Pioneer Days Celebration, and is a member of the Buckeye Elks and Lions Clubs, the Buckeye Valley Museum, the West Valley Fine Arts, the Phoenix Art Museum and Heard Museum.
Mayor Meck and his wife of over 50 years, Verlyne, have three grown children and four grandchildren.
Angela Creedon is the Associate Vice President for University Affairs at Arizona State University and is responsible for community relations, local government relations and presidential and provost special events. Before joining ASU, she was the East Valley Community Development manager for APS, the State of Arizona’s largest private electric utility.
Angela has spent many years working in community and government relations and was awarded the 2002 Athena award by the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce, 2008 Tempe Business Woman of the Year and received the 2010 Segner award from the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce. Angela has a bachelor of business administration from the University of Phoenix, certification in Economic Development from the University of Oklahoma and an advanced certificate in Corporate Community Relations from Boston College.
Mayor Christian Price has been a resident of Maricopa since early 2005. After moving from Chandler with his wife, they purchased their first home and started a family. Mayor Price immediately got involved with his community by running for his HOA Board of Directors and was president for six years. He is very active in the community and volunteers his time whenever possible to non-profits, churches, the food bank and other service organizations. Mayor Price sits on the Maricopa Seniors Board as an advisory member, is a governing board member of For Our City/Citizens Corp and serves as a member of the Arizona Farm Bureau and the Maricopa Chamber of Commerce. He was also selected for Maricopa's first Board of Adjustments commission and served as its vice chair, before resigning to run for Mayor.
Mayor Price is an enormous advocate of networking – meeting new people and establishing relationships with citizens, stakeholders, regional partners, members of neighboring cities, and other government officials. He strongly believes that good working relationships with these groups and individuals will help Maricopa become a strong well-rounded regional player and directly influence the quality of life of the citizens through an enhanced economic development climate.
For more than 12 years, Mayor Price has been an entrepreneur and small business owner. He is the managing partner of Pantheon Investments, LLC/NPC, a financial advisory firm. A graduate of Northern Arizona University, he holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in English literature. Mayor Price has also had the privilege of working as a legislative analyst for the Arizona State House of Representatives and has first-hand knowledge of legislative processes and procedures. His family hails from northwest Tucson and he is an Eagle Scout who is fluent in Spanish. As a member of the Maricopa City Council, Mayor Price has a strong desire to work closely with fellow Council members and City staff to find the most economic and efficient solutions to help Maricopa grow and prosper.
Gregory J. Donovan serves as the Superintendent of Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC) public school district #402, the Joint Technological Education District (JTED) currently serving twelve school districts primarily in Western Maricopa County. Donovan has served as Superintendent for thirteen years, the entire history of the JTED. Ten years prior to that position, he was with Northern Arizona University’s Institute for Future Workforce Development developing and implementing statewide Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum and facilitating teacher development. He also worked at the Arizona Department of Education in the CTE division and was a teacher and program director in local school districts. Overall, Donovan has thirty-four years of educational experience, including eight years of service on the Peoria Unified School District Governing Board.
Vice Mayor Juan F. Rodriguez was elected to the Tolleson City Council in 2005. Creating progressive policies to craft a stronger tomorrow for the City is one of his top priorities. As Vice Mayor, he meticulously collaborates with his fellow Council Members, Mayor and City Management to establish planning and zoning regulations, balance the annual budget, create targeted strategic economic development initiatives and develop progressive employee retention plans through competitive market analysis.
During his tenure, along with his fellow City Council Members, he has provided strategic direction which has positively impacted the City. Initiatives in which he has participated include approving the position of a new economic development director, attracting new economic commercial developments, which will provide millions of dollars in future tax revenue, and has advocated for the formation of a comprehensive housing revitalization program. Vice Mayor Rodriguez currently serves as the Chair of the City of Tolleson Public Safety Personnel Retirement Fire and Police Boards. Preceding his role as a Council Member, he served as the former Chair of the Tolleson Planning and Zoning Commission.
Vice Mayor Rodriguez’s career with the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department began March of 1998. He previously held positions as a Recreation Leader, Coordinator I, II, and III and is currently a Parks Supervisor. He is the recipient of three City of Phoenix Excellence Awards, which are bestowed on employees for their exceptional contributions to city government and public service. Specifically, he was recognized for his work with the Latino Institute in 2003, serving on the Shuttered Facility Task Force in 2011 and for the Lifeguard Outreach and Recruitment Program in 2012. His familiarity with the inner workings of city government, brings a unique perspective to the City Council.
He holds a Masters of Public Administration Degree from Arizona State University, and both a Bachelor of Arts in History and in Political Science from Arizona State University. He completed the City of Phoenix Advanced Supervisory Academy, and the first and second year curriculum at the NRPA Pacific Southwest Maintenance Management School. He holds a Certified Playground Safety Inspector credential from the National Playground Safety Institute. He earned a Gold Certification from the NLC in Municipal Governance Leadership Training Institute Program.
He is a member of the National League of Cities, the Hispanic Elected Local Officials Branch of the NLC, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials and the League of Arizona Cities and Towns. Furthermore, he holds memberships in recreation organizations, including the National Recreation and Parks Association and the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association, where he served as the former chair of the Ethnic Leadership Branch.
Vice Mayor Rodriguez is married to his wife Alma, a Tolleson school teacher, with whom he has a daughter, Esperanza Mia and two sons, Juan Jr. and Julian.
Floyd Roehrich Jr. was appointed as State Engineer in 2008 and has over 25 years of engineering experience, more than 16 years with ADOT in Roadway Engineering, Statewide Project Management, Valley Project Management Group, and appointed Deputy State Engineer for Valley Transportation Group in December 2007. As Deputy Director for Policy, Floyd continues to work with the State Transportation Board, the state's Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Councils of Government, Federal Highways Administration, and other agency stakeholders.
Mark is a founding partner at Wallace, Plese + Dreher, LLP with over thirty years of public accounting experience. His emphasis is on consulting for strategic capital transactions and assurance services for manufacturing, distribution, franchise, and rental and leasing companies.
Mark has worked with Arizona based businesses coordinating their business strategy, financing, planning and financial reporting matters. He also served in roles in the health care industry, including chief financial officer. Many client relationships extend over 20 years and are built upon the thorough understanding of the businesses operations and ownership objectives. A solid background in income tax planning allows for coordination of financial and tax objectives of client business.
Mark is a graduate of the University of Michigan. Mark is member of both the American Institute and Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants. He currently serves as the chairman of the East Valley Partnership and is working with the organization to develop and bring capital and business into Arizona and the East Valley.
Mr. Rounds specializes in preparing economic analyses for both public and private sector organizations, including economic overviews related to the national and state economies. Jim has extensive expertise in matters of economics, finance, rural and urban economic development, public policy, taxation, real estate analysis, and litigation.
Mr. Rounds has written and co-authored a number of economic articles on the state of the local and national economies. In addition to opining on the state of the economy through written format, Jim has delivered hundreds of presentations to national organizations, private companies, local civic organizations, universities, and legislative committees. Jim has been quoted in the local print media, nationally recognized newspapers and websites, and provides commentary on local radio and television programs.
Prior to his employment with Elliott D. Pollack and Company, Mr. Rounds served as a Senior Economist and Senior Budget Analyst with the Arizona Joint Legislative Budget Committee, the budget and economic analysis arm of the Arizona Legislature. As an employee of the Arizona Legislature, Jim was responsible for analyzing and forecasting a variety of state taxes. In addition to his tax analysis duties, Jim was responsible for analyzing dozens of state agency budgets.
Mr. Rounds has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Economics from Arizona State University.
Todd Sanders became the president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce in May 2009 after more than three years as the GPCC's Vice President of Public Affairs and Economic Development. In that role Sanders worked on behalf of the business community on important issues such as immigration reform, tax policy and health care. He oversees a staff of 30 and works with the Board of Directors to develop and implement long-range goals and strategy for the state's oldest and largest business organization.
Throughout his career, Sanders has worked to improve his community and has championed the interests of business. During seven sessions as a policy analyst in the Arizona House of Representatives, Sanders developed considerable political experience though his work in the areas of energy law, municipal policy and trust land reform. His previous experience includes serving as campaign chairman for the Coconino County Attorney and contract work for British Petroleum.
A native of Bogota, Colombia, Sanders came to the United States as a boy and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Northern Arizona University. The bilingual Sanders also serves on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Mexico Commission, which works to promote cooperation with Mexico and Latin America through advocacy, trade, networking and information.
Michael E. Farrar is Vice President and Designated Broker of Elliott Homes in Greater Phoenix. He has more than thirty years of real estate expertise and a list of highly notable accomplishments. Farrar is knowledgeable in multiple types of commercial and residential asset classes.
Mr. Farrar has written a number of articles on the state of local real estate markets and provides commentary on local radio and television programs. He holds vast experience in transactional brokerage, residential development, asset analysis, feasibility and financial analysis, entitlements, and project management.
Born and educated in Arizona, Michael graduated Cum Laude from Northern Arizona University W.A. Franke College of Business with a Bachelor's of Science in International Economics. He then went on to earn double International MBA's from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and the Helsinki School of Economics in Finland.
Farrar also serves as a Councilman for the Town of Carefree, and Regional Council member of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG); Board member for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), and Member of the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations (PCFR) and Home Builders Association Of Central Arizona (HBACA).
Neil Giuliano was recently selected to serve as the President/CEO of Greater Phoenix Leadership, and will assume the role in November 2015. For forty years GPL has been the forum for corporate leadership to collaborate with the government, education and non-profit sectors to sustain a safe, healthy and prosperous community.
Neil G. Giuliano is currently CEO of San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF), one of the largest AIDS service organizations in the world, providing comprehensive HIV/AIDS and sexual health programs and services in the city where HIV first reached epidemic levels. Serving over 17,000 people a year, the organization has an annual budget of over $28MM and 150 employees in several locations throughout San Francisco. Known globally for the leadership role it has played in fighting the AIDS pandemic, SFAF advocacy and care models have been replicated around the world. Today, SFAF is pioneering the shift in addressing HIV/AIDS with a sickness and disease management model of care, to utilizing one of holistic health and wellness. In October of 2015, SFAF will open a new health and wellness center in the heart of the Castro neighborhood, bringing together it's clinic, counseling center and HIV prevention programs, historically in separate locations, into one new space. A $15MM four-year fundraising campaign for the creation and operation of the center has secured $12.2MM in the initial two-year quiet phase of the campaign.
Prior to his post at SFAF, Giuliano served as president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and executive producer of GLAAD Media Awards. At GLAAD, the third largest LGBT advocacy organization in the US, he expanded the organization’s media and anti-defamation work to include religious and faith-based communities, sports and advertising media. The fair and accurate inclusion of LGBT characters and stories in TV, film and news coverage has been credited with advancing the acceptance of LGBT people and relationships. Under his leadership, the GLAAD Media Awards was broadcast on the BRAVO television network, bringing messages of inclusion and acceptance for LGBT people into over 80 million homes.
Before his work as a national activist and NGO executive, Giuliano was the youngest person ever elected mayor of Tempe, Arizona, a post he held from 1994-2004. He was the first directly-elected openly gay mayor in the Unites States, and for six of those years, Tempe (pop. 170,000) was the largest city in America with an openly gay mayor. He served on the board of directors of the National League of Cities (NLC) and as Vice-Chair of the National Advisory Council of NLC. In 2003 Tempe earned the “All-American City” award, a coveted honor bestowed on local governments demonstrating exceptional success in problem solving. Concurrent to his work as a public official, he held numerous senior roles at Arizona State University, including director of federal relations and 2004 co-chair of the final presidential debate between President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry.
Giuliano is the author of “The Campaign Within: A Mayor’s Private Journey to Public Leadership” (Magnus Books 2012) and has received numerous awards and honors for his work in public policy and community activism. He was named to the “Out 100” by Out Magazine, served as a distinguished lecturer at the William J. Clinton School of Public Service at the Clinton Presidential Library, received the Barry Goldwater Human Rights Award from Equality Arizona, and was named Tempe Humanitarian of the Year in 2014. In 2013 he executive produced the play *8*, written by Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black, for a one-night-only, sold out performance in Phoenix, AZ.
Giuliano received a B.A. in communication and a M.Ed. in higher education from Arizona State University, where he served as student body president in the early 1980’s. He has also completed the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Advanced Program for State and Local Officials. He currently resides in San Francisco and Tempe.
Tom Schoaf, elected Mayor of Litchfield Park in the Spring 2006, has been involved in a variety of business endeavors, both local and international, that have taken him around the world from Singapore to Germany. Even with a busy schedule, he remained active in various community groups including the Litchfield Park Youth Association, Little League and AYSO soccer. He served on the Litchfield Elementary Governing Board and the original Litchfield Park City Council.
Today, in addition to serving as the City’s Mayor, he is the past Chair of the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Council and current Chair of the MAG Economic Development Committee, Trustee of the West Valley Hospital, and serves on the Westside Advisory Board of Phoenix Children’s Hospital. A dual graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Tom has a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering, cum laude, and a Juris Doctor, summa cum laude. He is licensed to practice law in both Indiana and Arizona and currently has his law office in Litchfield Park.
Sintra Hoffman is the President and Chief Executive Officer of WESTMARC. She previously served as Assistant Division Director for the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). Her professional background includes more than 19 years of experience in local, state and federal government. Sintra lead ADOT’s Office of Public Affairs which focused on building and sustaining relationships with leaders in Arizona’s cities, towns, counties and business community. Prior to her time at ADOT, she spent 10 years with the City of Surprise, serving as the Director of Intergovernmental Relations and Deputy City Manager. Sintra was recognized as by Arizona Business Magazine as one of the Most Influential Women in 2016. Sintra has been recognized for her accomplishments in transportation lobbying and problem solving. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Masters of Administration in Public Administration.
Lorenzo Sierra was elected in 2014 to serve on the Avondale City Council in the capacity of Council Member. His 4-year term began in January of 2015.
Councilmember Sierra has a long history of local and statewide community service and advocacy. Currently, he serves as a board member for the Chicanos Por La Causa - Health and Human Services; Xico, an arts organization; and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce where he also serves as Vice Chair. In addition, he is a Commissioner on the Governor's commission on Service and Volunteerism and a member of the Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Commission where he serves as the Business Engagement Chair. He is a member of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO).
Lorenzo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Arizona State University and is owner of LoSierra, a marketing communications and community relations consulting firm. He is also a proud graduate of the Avondale Citizens Leadership Academy Class V; Valle del Sol's Hispanic Leadership Institute Class XX; Hispanic Leadership West Class X; the Center for Progressive Leadership Class V; and is an accredited Business Communicator through the International Association of Business Communicators.
Councilmember Sierra is a proud Arizona native and an Avondale resident since 2010. He and his wife, Rhonda Cagle, co-author a column for La Voz, entitled "The New American Family" and are the parents of three children.
Mayor Linda Kavanagh was elected mayor of Fountain Hills in 2012, after campaigning on a platform that stressed economic development. Kavanagh moved into the position bolstered by her long history of involvement in and advocacy for small businesses and her strong record of community service.
Mayor Kavanagh’s business career began as second in command at a book and magazine import company in New York City, which catered to specialized markets. She then went on to manage a salon and also became a published author.
Upon moving to Arizona with her husband and two sons, she became immersed in business and community service activities in her new hometown of Fountain Hills. Mayor Kavanagh was and is a member of many civic organizations including the American Legion Auxiliary, Cultural and Civic Association, ADOG, Fountain Hills Republican Club, Falcon Boosters, PTO, Sister Cities Foundation, Arizona Latino Republican Association, Library Association, Friend of the Chamber (past chair), McDowell Park Association and Chamber Ambassadors (past chair). She served on the Public Art Committee and created the Fountain Hills Docent-Guided Art Walk to showcase the town’s world-renowned art collection. She is also active with the Visitor’s Bureau to spur tourism for the town.
Mayor Kavanagh is an honorary Captain with the Maricopa County Sheriffs’ Department, was named Business Advocate of the Year by the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce and also served as its Board of Directors Chair. She was also named Fountain Hills Parks and Recreation Outstanding Volunteer of the Year, Community Center Volunteer of the Year and received the River of Time Museum Hero Award.
Mayor Kavanagh was inducted into the Lower Verde River Valley Hall of Fame in 2009, as a tribute to her many years of active involvement with the town’s civic, cultural, service, religious and business communities.
Mayor Linda Kavanagh earned a BA degree in English and Education from Queens College in New York City and is an A+ certified computer repair technician, graphic designer and unpaid Director of Constituent Services for her husband, State Representative John Kavanagh.
Mr. Spitza is Vice President at Achen-Gardner Construction, LLC and focuses his efforts on managing the firm’s design phase services and industry relationships. He started his career in Arizona in 1985, and throughout the years he has amassed a diverse infrastructure construction resume including the management of regionally significant projects for the Arizona Department of Transportation, Maricopa County Department of Transportation, and almost every public agency in Maricopa County (and several in Pima and Pinal Counties). He joined Achen-Gardner Construction as an Estimator and Project Manager in April 1998 and has experience in a variety of positions including project engineer, project superintendent, and design services manager. His almost 30 years of experience in the Southwest construction industry, knowledge as a registered professional civil engineer, and grass roots background have enabled him to effectively evaluate construction methods and management systems at Achen-Gardner. His efforts have allowed the firm to consistently achieve new levels of excellence and be rewarded with steady increases in Achen-Gardner’s competitiveness, annual volume, and market share.
Dan is a registered Arizona professional engineer (AZ Civil No. 24434). He is currently serving on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the Arizona Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America (AZAGC) and is also an active member of the Alliance for Construction Excellence (ACE), Arizona Chapter American Public Works Association (AzAPWA), American Council of Engineering Companies of Arizona (ACEC AZ), AZ Water Association (AWA), Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), and the Arizona Transportation Builders Association (ATB, previously TUCA). His expertise and ability to establish important professional relationships has been instrumental in Achen-Gardner’s recognition as one of the most respected heavy civil and public works construction companies in the state of Arizona.
Achen-Gardner Construction, LLC is a heavy civil general contractor specializing in wet utility, roadway, and heavy civil construction. The firm has extensive experience in delivering complex infrastructure projects for both private and public sector clients throughout the Southwest and is committed to providing superior construction and construction management services. Whether it is Design-Bid-Build, Construction Manager at Risk, Design-Build or Job Order Contracting, the Achen-Gardner team is dedicated to service and quality. The firm stands out among its peers and is committed to creating win-win relationships with its clients while providing the highest quality products and innovative services available.
Mr. Spitza is a second generation civil engineer born and raised in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area and holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI). Dan is married to Monica and has two boys, Jack (14) and Max (11). Dan and his family have resided in the City of Phoenix since moving here in 1985.
Randy Keating moved to Tempe in 2003 and, as soon as he arrived, he was impressed. His older brother, a native Tempean, picked him up from Sky Harbor and they took the 202 Freeway to his apartment. When he and his brother passed Sun Devil Stadium (which at the time stood alone), Randy decided Tempe was going to be his new home.
Though Randy was only supposed to be visiting, he quickly began looking for a job and applied to Arizona State University. His brother lived near Mill Avenue in downtown Tempe, which to a young man from a small town, seemed like the center of the universe. He knew that Tempe was clearly a very special city. Randy found a job in a matter of days at a cyber café on Seventh Street and Mill Ave, and was accepted to ASU, where he studied physics and astronomy.
In late 2009, after he saw what he believed were too many injustices in the world, Randy made a decision to follow the guidance of Gandhi and be the change he wanted to see in the world. Once he started, Randy found real satisfaction in helping others, and it quickly became a lifestyle. Randy didn’t know it at the time, but his life was about to take an immense turn.
Randy devoted countless hours as a community volunteer, on top of the time he spent running his own small business. Through this work, he also began meeting community leaders and developing professional relationships that inspired him and would eventually lead to Randy’s candidacy for Tempe City Council. Randy was recognized for this work in the community when he was awarded the City of Tempe’s MLK Diversity Award in January 2016.
Though Randy had been working to better his community for several years now, he still felt Tempe has given him so much, and was compelled to give back in every way he could. Because of Tempe, Randy has friends, family, employment, his own business, and now, a seat on the City Council.
Sandra Watson works to ensure the needs of Arizona's emerging technology and life sciences industries are being met in Arizona. Her office at the Arizona Department of Commerce is dedicated to providing assistance and resources to accelerate the growth of innovation, technology and entrepreneurship throughout the state.
Sandra has enjoyed incredible success at the Arizona Department of Commerce. She has served as Innovation and Technology Development Director, as well as the Business Development Director. Sandra endeavors to lead efforts that support innovation and technology development throughout the state. Previously she led marketing and site location efforts required to diversify and expand Arizona's employment base.
Under Sandra's leadership, the Business Development Team assisted approximately 230 companies relocating or expanding in Arizona, thus creating over 50,000 jobs in the state from the period of July 1998 – April 2002.
Sandra has an Honors Bachelor of Commerce Degree and has completed the Global Leadership Certificate Program at Thunderbird International Graduate School. Sandra has been designated an Economic Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council.
Sandra is a member of several economic development organizations including: Ex – Officio Board Member for the Arizona Technology Council, Southern Arizona Tech Council, Center for Innovation, Arizona MEP and the National State Science and Technology Institute.
Jim Kenny is the president of El Dorado Holdings, Inc, a land investment and development company of properties mainly in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. He manages over $300m of active real estate investments including residential, office, retail, and industrial, and income producing properties such as multi-family and single family detached housing. Under his direction, El Dorado 's team works with equity investors, municipal, county, federal and state government representatives, and other groups to acquire, zone, plan, engineer, and develop properties for end users. Prior to joining El Dorado , Jim served as a division president for Richmond American Homes, and also practiced law with a focus on real estate transactions, insurance coverage and defense litigation, and general business activities.
Jim has been actively involved in GPEC for several years, and currently serves on its board of directors and chairs GPEC's Community Building Consortium. Through El Dorado Holdings, Jim is a member of Valley Partnership, Pinal Partnership, Urban Land Institute, and other professional and charitable organizations. A graduate of Holy Cross College, Jim is the president of the Holy Cross Club of Arizona, and a past board member of the Holy Cross General Alumni Association. In his free time, Jim also coaches youth tennis.
Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke has lived in Chandler since 1985. Although he began his tenure on City Council in January of 2011, he also served for a year as an interim Councilmember in 2008. He continues to serve as Lead Pastor at Trinity Christian Fellowship in Chandler where he has worked since 1985. Kevin has a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from University of Missouri, Columbia; and a master’s degree in Theology with Fuller Theological Seminary.
Kevin is involved extensively in the state and Chandler community. He currently serves regionally as the Co-chair of the Continuum of Care Regional Committee to End Homelessness for the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG). Kevin serves as a board member on three other regional boards as well: MAG’s Economic Development Committee, the Valley’s Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA) and the Valley Metro Light rail. Kevin is also the statewide director of a nonprofit organization, For Our City. For Our City is a collaborative effort of government, business, nonprofit and faith leaders gathered to find solutions for needs in a community.
In Chandler, Kevin volunteers with several organizations. He serves on the board of the Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona (DCFA), helps with American Cancer Society, serves as a member of the Public Policy Committee with the Chandler Chamber of Commerce and with the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership (DCCP). He is a literacy advocate that reads weekly to 6th graders at Galveston Elementary School with BookPALS. Kevin has volunteered at Galveston for the past 11 years.
In the City of Chandler, his past service had included being a commissioner on the Planning and Zoning Commission, chairman of Human Relations Commission, chairman of the 2010 Complete Count Committee, member of a previous Charter Revision Committee and an ex official member of Chandler Airport Commission. He is currently active with Chandler's two Sister Cities, Tullamore, Ireland; and Tainan, Taiwan.
He also has served on the executive board of the Chandler Coalition On Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA), coached soccer for the YMCA, organized citywide community volunteer efforts and helped organize and lead Chandler’s first traditional neighborhood association, Arrowhead Meadows. Regionally, Kevin’s past service has included a Governor’s commission on Faith and Communities and a Congressional Committee on Faith and Neighborhoods.
Kevin has been married to Lynne for more than 35 years. They have four children: Nathan, Aleah, Katelyn and Zachary and three grandchildren, Micah, Madelynn and Benjamin.
Bill Gates began his service on the Board of Supervisors in January of 2017. Supervisor Gates represents District Three, which stretches from Central Phoenix to Anthem.
Gates served on the Phoenix City Council from June of 2009 through May of 2016. He also served as Vice Mayor of Phoenix from January 2013 to February of 2014. He represented a diverse district including Moon Valley, Sunnyslope, and Paradise Valley Mall area. His priorities on the City Council included fiscal responsibility, economic development, fighting blight, encouraging innovation, finding efficiencies, and improving public safety.
As Chair of the City of Phoenix’s Finance, Efficiency, Economy and Sustainability Committee, Councilman Gates helped identify over $100 million in annual efficiency savings. His commitment to government efficiency led Governor Brewer to appoint him to the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council, working to make sure the rules governing state agencies are clear, concise, and worth the cost. He also served as a member of Governor Ducey’s transition team.
Gates is Associate General Counsel and Director of Distribution for PING, a Phoenix-based golf equipment manufacturer. Prior to that, he was an associate at the firm of Fennemore Craig, practicing commercial litigation with an emphasis in property tax litigation.
Gates has served in a variety of capacities with nonprofit and community organizations including INROADS, American Legion Boys State, the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar, and United Blood Services Arizona Community Leadership Council. He is a graduate of Valley Leadership Class 28. He is a Board Member for the Foundation for Blind Children, The Phoenix Symphony, Blood Systems, Inc., and Disabled Sports USA.
Gates is a graduate of Deer Valley High School in Glendale, Arizona. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Drake University in 1993 and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1996. Supervisor Gates is married and has two daughters.
Roland F. Winters Jr. was elected to District 1 (Acacia) on August 27, 2013 and is serving a five-year term which began January 1, 2014.
Born and educated through high school in New Jersey, Roland earned a degree in Business Administration and Pre Law at Fullerton College in Fullerton, Ca. He earned a BA degree in Marketing Management from the University of California.
He worked thirty five years at Hughes Air Craft Company in Fullerton, Ca. and also owned and operated a photo studio in Fullerton and Placentia, Ca. He served on the State Board of Directors for Californians for Disability Rights (CDR).
Roland and his wife Carroll have four children – two sons and two daughters. David lives in Muncie, Indiana; Donald lives in Wildwood, Florida; Nancy lives in Gilbert, Arizona; and Jennifer lives at home. Roland and Carroll have seven grandchildren.
Winters currently serves on the Boards and Commissions Selection Committee and the Committee on Community Outreach, Partnerships and Grants. In addition, he serves on the Northwest Valley Connect Advisory Board and the Joint Planning Advisory Council (JPAC).
Winters’ goal for Surprise is to be a fully self-sustaining city where its residents can live, get educated, work and play.
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