City of El Mirage
Stephen Roe Lewis
Gila River Indian Community
Senior Policy Program Manager
Policy Planner IV
Policy Planner II
Policy Management Analyst I
Policy and Government Relations Intern
The role of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Economic Development Committee (EDC) is to develop opportunity-specific and action-oriented initiatives that foster and advance infrastructure in the MAG region, especially transportation infrastructure that would further economic development opportunities. The EDC consists of 36 members, which is comprised of 20 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.
Alexis Hermosillo, Chair
Mayor, City of El Mirage
Stephen Roe Lewis, Vice Chair
Governor, Gila River Indian Community
NZ Legacy, LLC
Vice President of University Engagement, Arizona Christian University
Senior Vice President, Infrastructure, Arizona Commerce Authority
President and CEO, Arizona Trucking Association
Councilmember, City of Avondale
Mayor, City of Buckeye
Gregory J. Donovan
Superintendent, Career Technical Education District
Vice Mayor, Town of Carefree
Councilmember, City of Chandler
East Valley Partnership
President, El Dorado Holdings, Inc.
Councilmember, Town of Fountain Hills
Councilmember, Town of Gilbert
Councilmember, City of Glendale
Vice Mayor, City of Goodyear
President and CEO, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
Board Member, Greater Phoenix Economic Council
Greater Phoenix Leadership, Inc.
Supervisor, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors
Chief of Workforce and Economic Development Officer, Maricopa County Community College District
Mike Markham, Jr.
President, Markham Contracting
Councilmember, City of Mesa
Director, Office of International Affairs, Arizona Department of Transportation
Vice Mayor, City of Peoria
Councilmember, City of Phoenix
Vice Mayor, City of Maricopa, PInal County
Vice Mayor, Town of Queen Creek
Mayor, City of Scottsdale
Councilmember, City of Surprise
Vice Mayor, City of Tempe
President and CEO, WESTMARC
Mayor, Town of Youngtown
Alexis Hermosillo is a proud fourth-generation resident of the City of El Mirage. Alexis currently works for a public transportation company in the Maricopa county area, and previously worked for the U.S. House of Representatives as a district representative for Congressman Raúl Grijalva.
Alexis is a firm believer that knowledge is power. She holds an M.A. in journalism and a B.A. in interdisciplinary arts, and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership. In her spare time she puts her knowledge and skills to work supporting opportunity youth in El Mirage.
Alexis is committed to the empowerment of women. She serves on the Board of the YWCA of Metropolitan Phoenix, and has worked with the Hispanic Women’s Corporation, supporting their national youth initiatives. Alexis believes that investing in today’s youth is an investment in our future, and has dedicated herself to engaging and motivating Latino youth through leadership development programs, including with the National Council of La Raza (UnidosUS).
Stephen Roe Lewis was raised in Sacaton, “Gu-u-Ki”, on the Gila River Indian Community. His parents are Rodney and Willardene Lewis. His paternal grandparents are the late Rev. Roe Blaine and Sally Lewis. His maternal grandparents are the late Willard and Catherine Pratt. Mr. Lewis has an eighteen year old son, Daniel.
Stephen Roe Lewis graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors Science and pursued graduate studies at John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Governor Lewis has served the Community as a Gaming Commissioner for the Gila River Gaming Commission, as a member of the Board of Directors for the Gila River Telecommunications, Inc., and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Gila River Healthcare Corporation.
Governor Lewis was the first Native film curator for the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and was an Associate Producer for the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed TBS six-part feature documentary, "The Native Americans."
Governor Lewis has worked on numerous political campaigns and organizing projects throughout Indian Country including Native voter organizing and Native voter protection in 2002 and selected as an Arizona delegate and Co-Chairing the Native American Caucus for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Currently Governor Lewis proudly serves on the Board of Directors for the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), the Executive Board for the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) and the Board of Trustees for the Heard Museum of Phoenix.
Governor Lewis currently oversees the implementation of the Community’s Water Settlement of 2004 (the largest water settlement of its kind in United States history). Governor Lewis advocates for renewable and green technologies guided by O'otham agricultural history and cultural teachings. Governor Lewis’s vision is to support a new generation of Community member agriculturalists with the goal of promoting and protecting the Community's shudag (water) and agricultural development for future generations.
Governor Lewis has made it a priority of his administration in two critical areas: To expand services for Community Veterans by proposing the Community’s first Veteran's and Family Services Department and by committing more resources to protect the Community's children by advocating for the protection of the Indian Child Welfare Act both at home and nationally.
Governor Lewis previously served the Community as Lieutenant Governor before being elected Governor in 2014.
Senator Bob Worsley has been a State Senator from Mesa since 2012 until Jan 2019. He and his wife Christi and 6 children (28 grandchildren and one great granddaughter) have lived in Arizona for almost 40 years.
He came to the senate bringing with him an array of entrepreneurial skills having been named 1999 Arizona Entrepreneur of the Year. He began his career as a CPA with Price Waterhouse, went on to found SkyMall in 1989, and sold it to Rupert Murdoch 13 years later. He then founded NZ Legacy, which has been active in real estate, energy and mineral developments since 2002.
He built an $80 Million 27-MW biomass energy plant, fueled by the remains of the Rodeo-Chediski fire which burned over 450,000 acres of Arizona forest land in 2002; Novo Power is currently fueled by 15,000 acres per year of forest-thinning and is staffed with over 100 employees and contractors.
In the Senate, he was involved with energy and technology issues, citizen engagement, data collection and the required infrastructure for our future autonomous vehicles. Along with County Attorney Bill Montgomery and other civic leaders, he has actively been seeking a long-term, compassionate solution to immigration challenges in Arizona.
He chaired the Transportation and Technology Committee, and served on the Commerce and Public Safety, Finance and Judiciary committees but announced in June 2018 his retirement from politics “until his party wakes up from its nap that started in 2016.”.
He also served on Boards of Mesa United Way, Mesa Urban Renewal Lab, United Families, Institute of American Values in NYC, Arizona Aerospace Association, Scoutmaster for troop of 36 scouts, LDS Mission to Uruguay and Paraguay, Hispanic congregation leader for almost a decade and numerous other civic, Church and philanthropic endeavors.
His wife Christi founded Consolari in 2012 to add to the Mesa Arts Center to create a World Center for Song that would include a 2,000 seat acoustic hall to rival Carnegie Hall in NYC. The building would transform from unamplified music to a Broadway venue of 2,500 seats that would eventually replace the 50+ year old Gamage facility on ASU Campus. We firmly believe that Music can heal and create social cohesion helping to counteract our current polarized political environment.
Senator Worsley was named by Capitol Times as “2018 Legislator of the Year”.
James Griffiths is the Vice President of University Engagement at Arizona Christian University. Prior to joining ACU, James was a Development Officer for FamilyLife (a CRU ministry) for 8 years, where he worked with high net-worth financial partners to the organization in the areas of personal stewardship, corporate philanthropy, and planned giving.
A dual graduate of the University of San Diego (B.S. in Political Science magna cum laude in 1999, Juris Doctorate 2003) James spent the first nine years of his career as an attorney, specializing in the areas of constitutional law, religious freedom, and business litigation. He remains licensed to practice law in his home state of California.
Marisa Walker began her professional career at the University of Arizona, where for more than a decade she held positions that advised the University’s Associate Vice President for Economic Development on Arizona-Mexico and NAFTA issues; analyzed border economic development opportunities and competitive advantages; and organized forums and symposiums on trilateral collaborations among academic institutions in Canada and Mexico in the areas of university research parks, agricultural biosciences and optical sciences-photonics. She has authored several reports on subjects including cross-border economic integration and development; targeted industry assessments of Arizona’s Bioscience and Software Industries; and women entrepreneurship and business ownership in the state.
Ms. Walker also served as the Executive Director for the Arizona Governor’s CANAMEX Task Force where she was responsible for managing projects and priorities regarding transportation and telecommunication infrastructure; technology and process enhancements for cross border shipments; and international trade policy.
Currently, Ms. Walker leverages the relationship between economic development strategies and infrastructure assets/investments. Key areas include the CANAMEX Corridor, the recently designated I-11, multimodal logistic centers, and Arizona’s international gateways – notably along the Arizona/Mexico border.
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.
Daniel “Mike” Pineda was elected in 2016 to serve on the Avondale City Council in the capacity of Council Member; his 4-year term began in January of 2017.
Council member Pineda has been involved in his community for many years. He previously served on the Littleton Elementary School District’s Governing Board in the capacity of member, Vice President and President during his tenure. Mike has also served as a coach for youth sports in both football and baseball. Currently, Council member Pineda serves on the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Economic Development Committee and the Human Services Coordinating Committee. He is also part of the Avondale Council Subcommittee for Boards & Commissions and serves on the Estrella Mountain Community College Business Advisory Board.
Employed as a Small Business Analyst at Estrella Mountain Community College through a partnership with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Mike works with individuals looking to develop and grow their business. He holds certifications in Profit Mastery, GrowthWheel and as an SBDC Counselor. Prior to joining the SBDC, Mike was an instructor at Rio Salado Community College as part of their Small Business Start Up program. He has been with the Maricopa Community College District since 2013. From 2008 – 2012, Mike and his wife owned a real estate company in the west valley. He also proud to have taught 8th grade Social Studies and Science at the former Under Down Junior High School in the Littleton Elementary School District. Council member Pineda has a Bachelors in Business Administration and a Masters in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University.
Mike is lifelong West Valley resident and has lived in Avondale since 2001. He attended Avondale elementary schools growing up and is a proud graduate of Agua Fria High School. He and his wife, Olivia, are the proud parents of four children. Mike enjoys watching sports with his family and golfing at various west valley golf courses.
Eric Orsborn was elected Mayor in 2020, after serving on the Buckeye City Council as the District 6 representative from 2010 to 2020.
Mayor Orsborn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management from Arizona State University.
Mayor Orsborn is the owner of OCM, a Construction and Maintenance company based in Buckeye, Arizona. He has previously been employed in construction and land development and project management.
A graduate of the first Buckeye Leadership Academy, Mayor Orsborn is also a Blue Blazer and member of Fighter Country Partnership, a group that supports the men, women and the mission of Luke Air Force Base. He also serves on the MAG Regional Council and Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) boards.
Mayor Orsborn is a native of Arizona. He and his wife, Tina, have a daughter and son, Emma and Jack. Mayor Orsborn and his family have resided in the community of Verrado for 16 years.
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.
John Crane is a 29-year resident of Carefree and has enjoyed actively serving the community in various roles. He was appointed to the Carefree Town Council in 2012 and elected to the Town Council in 2013. John currently serves as Vice Mayor. Previously, John served on the Carefree Subdivision Committee and as the Vice Chairman of the Carefree Planning and Zoning Commission. John is serving his 11th year as president and board member of the Carefree Foothills Homeowners’ Association, is a Desert Foothills Land Trust board member and is an Arizona Site Steward monitoring Indian archeological sites in the Cave Creek / Carefree area.
John earned a BS degree in Mathematics from Villanova University in 1978 and a MS degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California in 1985. After serving seven years as a nuclear submarine officer, he entered the electronics field. For the past 24 years, as a business owner, he has served as a sales representative for Asian, European, and US semiconductor material and equipment suppliers to customers in North America.
John believes local government, as the level of government closest to the people, must be transparent and responsive and must work. While successful economic development is key to the Town’s future, a balance must be struck between citizen and commercial interests and fiscal restraint.
Vice Mayor Terry Roe became a resident of the Southeast Valley in 1965 and moved his family to Chandler in 1988. He began his first term on the City Council in January 2015.
In the late 1970s, Terry was the managing photographer of the Williams Air Force Base photography lab and eventually took a position with Grand Canyon Color Labs as a lab supervisor and a wholesale accounts manager. Over the past 20-years, he has stayed active in wedding photography and commercial video production through a small business he owned and operated at the time.
In 1987, Terry completed the Phoenix Regional Police Academy and began a 20-year career with the Mesa Police Department. While serving as a police sergeant Terry worked in the DARE unit, Robbery Detail, The Center Against Family Violence and the Auto Theft and Burglary Unit.
Terry has an extended history of volunteer and leadership service in the community. In 1999, Terry was appointed by Governor Jane Hull to the Arizona Parent’s Commission on Drug Education and Prevention, serving two terms. He also was a Scout Leader and a two-term board member on the Mesa Police Benevolent Fund.
Today, Terry is a Chandler Kiwanis Club member and serves on the Salvation Army Chandler Corps Advisory Board. He also is an Advisory Board Member for the Chandler Coalition for Youth Substance Abuse and serves on the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership and Maricopa Association of Governments Domestic Violence Council. In the fall of 2016 he joined the board of the Phoenix Silent Witness Program.
Terry attended Mesa Community College and studied business administration and management at the University of Phoenix. In 1981, he married Cheryl, his Gilbert High School sweetheart. Today they have two children, Paul and Katie, and three wonderful grandchildren.
Paul D. Cardon is a real estate investor with various business interests. Currently, he manages a real estate investment fund that primarily provides loans to real estate investors. The fund has originated over $588 million in over 3,300 loans. While the fund lends in four states, a majority of the loans are collateralized by real property located in Maricopa County. In 2019, he co-created a title and escrow company—Covenant Title Agency.
Mr. Cardon previously practiced real estate law for the law firm of Tiffany & Bosco, P.A. in the Phoenix office. He is a licensed Mortgage Loan Originator in Arizona.
His education includes a Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University and B.S. of Finance from Brigham Young University.
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.
Peggy McMahon relocated to Fountain Hills from Southern California in 2001 and hasn’t looked back! She loves living in Fountain Hills and being part of our unique community.
Councilmember McMahon spent about thirty-five years working in estate planning and taxation areas of law. In Arizona, she worked for Snell & Wilmer law firm, as a VP Trust and Estate Tax Officer with JPMorgan in Scottsdale and Chicago, and as a State Licensed Fiduciary with the Maricopa County Public Fiduciary. Councilmember McMahon has a Juris Doctor (not licensed) and a Paralegal Degree.
Councilmember McMahon enjoys volunteering for good causes and has served in many different volunteer positions with Hospice of the Valley, Homeward Bound, the Volunteer Expo and has participated in various local community events. She is involved with Friends In The Hills Women’s Group, FH Women’s Club, the FH Stitchers Of Hope (making masks for frontline workers, and clothes for children in third world countries) and various local women business owners associations.
Councilmember McMahon is married to David Adkins and between them have four adult sons and five grandchildren. Before retiring, she and David were partners in Global Business Management Consultants LLC specializing in Project Management for companies and universities worldwide. Councilmember McMahon enjoys international travel, golf, fly fishing and making quilts.
Scott September was appointed to the Town of Gilbert’s council in April of 2020. Born and raised in the Midwest, he has lived in Arizona since 1981, calling Gilbert his home since 2004. Scott has worked in the telecommunications industry for over 25 years and is currently a Regional Manager with Crown Castle International. Before being appointed to Council, Scott served on the Planning Commission. Currently, Scott is the Planning Commission liaison and also serves on the MAG Economic Development Committee, The League of Cities and Town’s Budget Finance and Economic Development Policy Committee and the East Valley Partnership. Scott believes it is important to preserve the appearance and feel of our community, parks and city services while fostering a positive, thoughtful approach to future development of the economic drivers that support these resources with an eye on technology.
Scott and his wife have two teenage sons and he enjoys watersports, camping and other outdoor activities with his family.
Vice Mayor 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.
Councilmember Brannon Hampton was elected to his first term in 2017. He was an active member of the 2025 Goodyear General Plan committee and graduated from the Goodyear Citizens Academy in 2016. His service in these two capacities inspired his priorities as a Councilmember, to include: managing the city’s growth effectively and efficiently, increasing economic development, and maintaining a conservative balanced budget without compromising our quality of life.
Brannon is a financial planner with Edward Jones and works with clients to achieve their financial goals, plan for retirement and live in retirement. Prior to joining Edward Jones, he was employed at the Palo Verde Generating Station for over 17 years in various roles focusing on performance improvement, quality assurance and project management. Brannon has served as a Board Member for the Arizona Small Business Association and volunteers his time at several non-profits organizations.
Continuing his education, Brannon received his Masters’ Degree in Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in leadership from Grand Canyon University. Before achieving his MBA, he received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, Associates of Mechanical Maintenance Engineering, a Masters Certification in Business Improvement, and the Project Management Professional Certification (PMP).
Currently, he represents Goodyear on the Maricopa County Community Development Advisory Committee, the City Council Audit Subcommittee, and the National League of Cities’ Community and Economic Development Federal Advocacy Committee.
Brannon and wife, Rebecca, have lived in Goodyear for over 10 years with their three children.
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.
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.
Mike Cowley oversees the extensive Cowley Companies real estate based portfolio. Mike’s current passion is repurposing historic warehouses in downtown Phoenix to unique office space.
Mike graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Organizational Psychology. Mike is a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership serving as Co-Chair for the Economy Task Force Committee, in addition to serving on the Maricopa Health Foundation Board, commissioner on the Maricopa County Planning & Zoning Committee and Chairman of the Board for the Maricopa County Special Health Care District.
Mr. Jack Sellers is a Supervisor with the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. He is also the Vice Chair of the Arizona State Transportation Board.
He is the retired Facilities Manager for the General Motors Desert Proving Ground in Mesa, Arizona, and he has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University.
Mr. Sellers currently sits on Maricopa Association of Governments’ Regional Council. His previous Maricopa Association of Governments committees include Regional Council, Economic Development Committee as well as serving as Past Chair of the Transportation Policy Committee.
Mr. Sellers is part of the Ari-Son Megaregion Group, Arizona-Mexico Commission and he is a member of the Transportation Committee.
As part of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Mr. Sellers served as a member of the International Leadership Council, Past Member of the Board and Executive Committee, as well as a Board Member of the East Valley Partnership.
Other association position that Mr. Sellers has held include Member of Transportation Business Partners; President of Chandler, Arizona Sister Cities; Vice President of Arizona Sister Cities; Member and Past Board Member of Arizona Town Hall; Member of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce; Member of Intel Corporation Community Advisory Panel; Past Chairman of the City of Chandler Transportation Commission; and Past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Mesa Chamber of Commerce.
In 2004 Mr. Sellers was awarded Business Leader of the Year.
Darcy Renfro the Chief of Workforce and Economic Development Officer of the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD), where she is responsible for strategic alignment as well as advising the Chancellor on government affairs. MCCCD is one of the largest community college systems in the nation serving 200,000 students and nearly 10,000 faculty and staff members across 10 colleges in the metropolitan Phoenix area. In addition, Ms. Renfro is helping to lead the Maricopa Transformation to fundamentally transform the student experience to meet the education and employment needs of the community.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Renfro served as the policy advisor to Governor Janet Napolitano for economic development and higher education, and was founding Director of The Arizona We Want Institute at the Center for the Future of Arizona, where she was responsible for strategic direction and management of its statewide efforts to reconnect citizens with leaders in all sectors who actively support clear and positive steps to move Arizona forward. She previously worked as the founding Director of the Arizona STEM Network at Science Foundation Arizona.
Ms. Renfro is a licensed attorney in Arizona and has practiced at the Phoenix offices of Fennemore Craig, P.C. Prior to law school, she worked on Capitol Hill for U.S. Senators Dennis DeConcini (AZ) and Howard Metzenbaum (OH).
Ms. Renfro is a native of Tucson and received both her undergraduate and Juris Doctor Degrees from the University of Arizona.
Mike Markham Jr. has been working in the construction industry since 1995 and has a B.S. in Construction Engineering from Arizona State University.
Mike has been a part of the Markham management team since 2001. He actively participates in the Valley Partnership, and attends various committee and liaison meetings for the AGC (American General Contractors Association), ACEC (American Council Of Engineering Companies of Arizona) and ASA (American Subcontractors Association). Mike has been a member of Vistage, an executive leadership program since 2007, and became a LEED AP in 2008.
In 2010 and 2011 he was recognized by AZRE People to Know in the General Contractors and Subcontractors categories. ENR Southwest has recognized Mike in the Top 20 Under 40.
Mike believes in giving back to the community by being involved in organizations such as Valley Partnership’s community projects where he serves on the planning committee focusing on improving facilities for children. Some of the projects include the Boys & Girls Club, Foundation for the Blind, Magee’s Place and multiple playgrounds for the Salvation Army . He was project manager for the award winning Associated General Contractors of America Chapter volunteer project, Sunshine Acres, a children’s home for those who have been separated from their parents.
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.
Mark is the Director of the Office of International Affairs, and Innovation Group for the Arizona Department of Transportation. His role consists of working closely with his Mexican counterparts to ensure a strong binational relationship, which includes participating in transportation projects that benefit both countries, through safety and the smooth flow of commerce.
As the head of the innovation Group, Mark is tasked with generating new revenue streams by leveraging ADOT transportation assets, without relying on taxpayer funds.
Mark is a graduate of Northern Arizona University, La Universidad de Granada, Spain, and a Flinn-Brown Fellow.
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.
Mr. Edwards was elected Vice Mayor in 2015 and re-elected in 2017. He was appointed to the National League of Cities Community and Economic Development Committee in 2015. He was appointed by the Mayor the Peoria Not-For-Profit Committee in 2014 and was appointed to the City Council Policy and Appointments Subcommittee in 2013.
Councilwoman Ann O'Brien is the elected representative of Council District 1.
She is an Arizona native and has been a resident of District 1 since 2004. She made her mark in the community as an advocate for quality education--first as an active parent and volunteer in the Deer Valley Unified School District, and then as an elected Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) Governing Board Member in 2014. She was reelected to the DVUSD Board in 2018 and is currently the Governing Board President.
Councilwoman O'Brien's extensive volunteer service to her community includes providing support to students, teachers and staff as a committee member of the of the Stetson Hills Elementary School Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) and the Sandra Day O'Connor Academy of History Booster Club. In 2017, she was elected to the Arizona School Board Association (ASBA), where she is currently the President and the appointed chairperson of the 2020 Legislative Committee.
Professionally, Councilwoman O'Brien is a proud Sun Devil, who has worked in project management with the Arizona Department of Child Support Enforcement and as a business broker for a local company.
With Council District 1 on the brink of great economic growth, Councilwoman O'Brien's focus will be preparing the community for incoming industries and developments in the area, ensuring that transportation, housing and key infrastructures are part of the overall plan. Equally important to her are the community's concerns surrounding homelessness and public safety. Her goal is to work closely with neighborhood associations and Block Watches to understand their issues and public safety needs and determine a roadmap that provides a strategy in finding solutions.
Family time is of great value to Councilwoman O'Brien. When she needs a refresh, she spends time with her husband of 27 years, Terry, along with their daughter, Amanda, and son, Thomas, both graduates of Sandra Day O'Connor High School and Northern Arizona University.
Councilmember Nancy Smith graduated at the top of her class with a degree in Electronic Technology and was immediately hired by Motorola. While working for Motorola, she advanced her education by receiving a degree in Business Management. She has spent the majority of her career in military technology and project management for major government programs. While at Motorola, she extended her work experience by specializing in finance and budgeting. She increased her experience in project management when she accepted a new position at General Dynamics. The success and talents she acquired at Motorola and General Dynamics are transferable to the duties and responsibilities of the Maricopa City Council.
Councilmember Smith moved to Maricopa prior to the city's incorporation. She has continuously served the community since she moved to the community. She is one of the co-founders and a previous board member of the F.O.R Maricopa food bank. She served as Co-Chair of the American Cancer Society – Maricopa Relay for Life. She has a passion for non-profits and enjoys serving at church, in various school committees and many city-wide events. Councilmember Smith participated and graduated from the first Maricopa Citizen Leadership Academy and she is currently a member of the Maricopa Advocate Program.
She was very proud to be invited to serve as a board member of the Pinal Partnership Board of Directors. The purpose of Pinal Partnership is uniting the vision for Pinal County. As part of this position, Councilmember Smith invests time in ensuring Maricopa’s needs and vision are included in the mission. She focuses attention on Transportation, Infrastructure and Economic Development topics.
Councilmember Smith was asked to serve on the MAG (Maricopa Association of Governments) Economic Development Committee. MAG was founded in the spirit of unity and cooperation. MAG members believe that they can solve common problems, take an active role in long-range regional issues and address concerns that affect all communities. By serving on the Economic Development Committee Councilmember Smith is able to bring new information quickly back to Maricopa as well as participate in decisions and training opportunities.
She is the proud mother of two children and a trusted mentor to a large extended family. Her husband and family spend their free time playing sports and watching their favorite sport teams compete. Although Arizona is not her birth state, she thoroughly loves living in Arizona and feels as though she is a native.
As one of the Councilmembers for the City of Maricopa, Nancy is focused on an agenda that builds a strong and sustainable economy that moves Maricopa from a bedroom community to a place we live, play and work.
Dawn Oliphant was first elected to the Town Council in June 2010. She was re-elected in November 2014, and again in August, 2018. Council Member Oliphant was appointed by Mayor Barney in January 2021 to serve as Vice Mayor for a one-year period ending in January 2022. She served as previous Chair of the Town Council Budget Committee, and represents the Town on the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.
Council Member Oliphant is retired from a successful 17-year career in local government with the City of Tempe. Her municipal experience includes positions held in the Tempe Police Department, Sales, Tax and Licensing, Tempe Municipal Court and as a Senior Learning and Organizational Development Associate for the Tempe Learning Center (TLC), Tempe’s corporate university for municipal professionals.
Oliphant holds a Master of Business Administration in Management, a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies and graduated from Queen Creek's Citizen Leadership Institute in 2010.
Oliphant moved to Queen Creek in 2005 with her husband Rick and two sons, where she manages an environmentally green business. For nine years she was also actively involved in community philanthropic work as a member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha.
Mayor Ortega is focused on safeguarding public health and safety; maintaining Scottsdale’s family-friendly neighborhoods; protecting the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and strengthening Scottsdale’s world-renowned reputation.
As mayor, he is committed to equal rights for all, responsive city government and adoption of citizen-driven General Plan 2035 to support economic vitality.
Mayor Ortega is a registered Arizona architect and designed many landmark buildings in Old Town. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona and was an apprentice architect to Bennie Gonzales FAIA, the award-winning designer of Scottsdale City Hall, Civic Center Library and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
Mayor Ortega has served on numerous city, county and state commissions, and on civic, non-profit organizations including:
• Scottsdale City Councilman 2000-2004
• Scottsdale Downtown Architectural Guidelines Committee
• Scottsdale Development Review Board (member 10 years)
• Maricopa County Private Industry Council
• State of Arizona School Facilities Board (member 6 years)
• Governor’s Latino Advisory Council
• American Institute of Architects (1985-present)
• Scottsdale Leadership, Inc.
• Friends of the Scottsdale Library
• Family Promise of Greater Phoenix, Inc.
• Coronado High School Foundation for the Future, Inc.
• Chrysalis Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence
• Reading Pals-Pueblo Elementary School SUSD
• Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Club Past President
Mayor Ortega and his wife, Rosemary Gannon, have been married for 40 years. They live in the Park Scottsdale neighborhood near Saguaro High School where they raised their children Alexandra and Luke.
Chris Judd was elected as the District 6 (D6) Councilmember in the August 2018 Primary Election to serve a four-year term beginning January 1, 2019. He served a one-year term as Vice Mayor in January 2020.
Chris is a native Arizonan and graduate of Arizona State University. He has been part of the Surprise business community since the mid-’90s, and he and his family of five have been coming home to Surprise for over a decade.
As an independent businessman and former owner and manager of local small businesses, Chris was very active with the Rotary Club of Surprise, and the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce. He served as the Rotary Club President in 2015-2016, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Surprise Community Foundation. He previously served as Chairman of Taste of Surprise, a charity event organized by the Rotary Club and run entirely by volunteers. Chris is a member of the Executive Board for the White Tank Mountains Conservancy and a member of the Advisory Board for the Northwest Valley YMCA.
Chris began working in Surprise in 1996, right out of college, and spent 14 years as General Manager of a local small manufacturing plant. There he learned about the many challenges that businesses – especially small businesses – face, and how difficult it can be to juggle all of the factors required to make a business successful, profitable, and a good place to work. He took that knowledge and experience, and applied it to a small business of his own, a Surprise-based trucking company that served local and long-haul clients.
He holds a professional designation as a Life Underwriter Training Council Fellowship from the College for Financial Planning, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from ASU.
Chris and his wife Jenna have been married for over 20 years, and are most proud of the work they’ve done, and are doing, raising their three wonderful daughters. The family loves the great outdoors and they spend as much time as they can together camping and hiking in and around the beautiful backcountry of Arizona’s deserts, mountains, and forests.
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.
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.
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