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Laura is a member of the Phoenix Union High School District Board, where she has been a strong advocate for strategic planning for the District. On the Phoenix City Council, Laura is chair of the City Council Parks, Arts, Transparency & Education Subcommittee.
Councilmember Leslie McClendon was born and raised right in Yuma. She has been married to Bob McClendon Jr for 32 years and has raised four very talented children and is now getting to enjoy her eleven grandchildren.
Lane Santa Cruz is a bilingual-bicultural and a testament to the resiliency of the people in the Southwest. At her core, she is an educator and community organizer. Before returning to work as a Council Aide to the Ward 1 Council Office, she spent 12 years in nonprofits and grassroots community efforts working on sexual/gender violence, food justice, migrant rights, DIY bicycle mechanics, and Ethnic Studies. Since obtaining her Ph.D., she teaches courses in Mexican American Studies and Education at the UA and organizes community bike rides on the Southside.
Kathy Kinsella has lived in Sedona for over ten years and has a broad background in community issues has well prepared her for service on the Sedona City Council. She is an active volunteer with several local non-profits focusing on food insecurity, housing, civil rights, and justice and is the recipient of League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley 2017 Citizen Engagement Award.
City Councilmember Karen Watts is a Yuma native, born and raised, whose family presence in the Yuma community dates back to the 1800’s. She has had the privilege to raise a family of her own here while having the opportunity to play an active role in serving her community.
Joyce Jones-Ivey is a retired nurse who proudly served patients for 42 years. She was elected to the Oro Valley Town Council in 2018 to keep the town community oriented, fiscally sound, and environmentally and financially sustainable.
Jen Duff is a Mesa native and a longtime leader in the Mesa community. As a City Council Member Jen represents the voices and values of District 4. Elected to the Mesa City Council in November of 2018, Councilmember Jen Duff began her first term representing District 4 in January of 2019. Her term on the Council runs until January of 2023.
Janice Hudson first visited Sedona fifteen years ago and knew it was where she was meant to be. Since moving to Sedona with her husband and their dog, Duffy, she has become an active community member including serving on the Sedona City Council.
Holli Ploog is a dedicated six year resident of the City of Sedona. She served on the City’s Budget Workgroup for five years and on its Fiscal Sustainability Workgroup, developing financial solutions for large-scale infrastructure projects. A retired attorney with a 30-year background in information technology and government coalition building, she has worked with local, state, federal, and international agencies.
Doreen has lived in Arizona since 1976 and is proud to call Tempe her home. She has spent the last three decades involved in local and global charity work, in addition to growing her leadership skills volunteering in local schools, community groups and organizations. She is a member of the Navajo Nation and proud of her heritage.
An Arizona native, Becky Daggett currently directs Coconino and Mohave County organizing efforts for the statewide Outlaw Dirty Money campaign. Becky previously served as the Executive Director of three Flagstaff nonprofits and worked for the City of Flagstaff as the Business Retention and Expansion Manager. She managed successful ballot campaigns raising more than $50 million for trails, recreation amenities, economic development, tourism, the arts and sciences, and open space protection in Flagstaff and throughout Coconino County.
Alexis Hermosillo is a proud fourth-generation resident and Mayor of the City of El Mirage. Alexis has worked for a public transportation company in the Maricopa county area, and has also previously worked for the U.S. House of Representatives as a district representative for Congressman Raúl Grijalva.
Mayor Regina Romero was elected in 2019 and is the first woman and first Latina mayor of Tucson. Regina was elected to serve on Tucson City Council in 2007, representing Ward 1. Romero was the first Latina woman elected to City Council, and the first woman to represent to Ward 1.
Mayor Kate Gallego has spent her career working to find solutions to complex problems. Prior to being elected Mayor, she served for five years as the Councilwoman for District 8, a district covering much of South Phoenix. In March 2019, Mayor Gallego became the second elected female Mayor in Phoenix history and the youngest big-city Mayor in the United States. Mayor Gallego is passionate about building a Phoenix that works for everyone, including her two-year-old son, Michael.
Karin Uhlich serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Economic Integrity, a non-profit research and advocacy organization. Prior to moving to Tucson, Uhlich served as Congressional Aide to U.S. Representative Howard Wolpe and Executive Director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan. After seeing for 12 years, Uhlich stepped down from her role as a City Council member but is still active in her community. Uhlich was appointed to finish the term of former Council Member Paul Durham on March 1, 2021.
Mayor Ginny Dickey is bringing her decades of local experience including two terms as a Councilwoman and FHUSD Board Member to the office of Fountain Hills Mayor. Since moving to Fountain Hills in 1983, Ginny has been very involved in the community and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010. During her tenure on the Fountain Hills Unified School District Board, from 1994 to 2002, she served twice as President. Her record of community involvement is extensive.
Lauren Kuby was elected to the Tempe’s City Council on a sustainability platform in 2014 and re-elected in 2018. She is a 34-year resident of Tempe and long-time community leader who advocates for worker protections, equity, and climate-change action.
Councilwoman Debra Stark is currently representing Legislative District 3 in the Phoenix City Council. She has dedicated her whole life to public service, and to advocating for our community as a whole. Deb seeks to promote economic development and job growth and improve our infrastructure.
Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari is the youngest woman ever elected in Phoenix City Council history and the first Iranian-American elected to public office in the state of Arizona. She is an Arizona native, daughter of immigrants, and a graduate of Stanford and Cambridge universities. She’s dedicated her career to finding solutions to critical issues such as climate change, air pollution and public health, most recently as a senior policy advisor at the United Nations. In 2020, her policy work received recognition when she was named to the Forbes ’30 under 30′ list in Law and Policy.
Solange Whitehead is a current council member for the City of Scottsdale. As a member of the Scottsdale City Council, Solange has fought to protect the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. She provides wise management of the city budget, fights for full staffing of the police and fire departments, and works to expand transportation options. Solange has worked to preserve Scottsdale’s charm by preventing developers from blocking Scottsdale’s beautiful mountain views.
Sharron Gryzbowski is a current council member for the city of Fountain Hills. She holds a BA in Business Administration and several Associates Degrees in the insurance field. Sharron has lived in four states and worked in insurance underwriting and compliance as well as a neighborhood bank. Seeking greater challenges and a return to her roots, Sharron left the corporate world to own and run her own business. Dedicated to her community Sharron is on the Fountain Hills Community Services Advisory Commission, the EVIT Business Accelerator Board, and the Leadership Academy Board. As an advocate for women’s rights, Sharron was part of the visionary board to establish what is now known as Cultures of Consent.
Peggy McMahon is a current council member for the town of Fountain Hills. She is a retired lawyer, who’s active in the life of Fountain Hills. As a Board Member of the Fountain Hills Democratic Club, member of Liberal Ladies, AZ Democratic Women in Blue and the League of Women Voters, she is connected with the progressives of Fountain Hills. As a member of Fountain Hills Women’s Club, she helps to raise scholarship money for women re-entering the workplace. As a small business owner, she is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Phoenix Chapter and the Women of Scottsdale Networking Group as well as Women Who Mean Business, Scottsdale. She has been a volunteer with Hospice of the Valley since 2018 and was a recipient of the Snell & Wilmer Community Leadership Award.
Nikki Lee is a current council member for the city of Tucson. She is an Air Force veteran, information technology expert, wife, and mother of three. As a City Council Member, Nikki will fight for economic development, job growth, and environmental sustainability. She is running as a City Clean Elections candidate because she believes in grassroots campaigns and the importance of connecting directly with Tucson residents rather than dark money donors.
Miranda has been a resident of Flagstaff for the past 26 years. For the past eighteen years she has been the owner of Rainbow’s End, a downtown business featuring clothing, shoes, and locally made jewelry. Miranda is also the Community Outreach Coordinator at the Flagstaff Birth, Breastfeeding and Women’s Center. She is an eight- year Board Member of the Flagstaff Leadership Program, and volunteers her time to mentor the next generation of Flagstaff leaders.
Pat Dennis is a current council member for the city of Avondale. She is a member of the Avondale Council Subcommittee for Boards, Commissions and Committees. As a member of the Avondale City Council, Pat has worked to bring positive, sensible solutions to the issues facing our families and community focusing on responsible growth, listening to the community needs and emphasizing shared values of family, neighborhoods, public safety and education.