2018 - Victoria Steele

Victoria Steele is an award-winning, accomplished motivational speaker, teacher, and trainer. For 25 years she was a radio and television journalist, and is a is a twice-elected former Democratic member of the Arizona House of Representatives, serving from 2013 – 2016.

Prior to entering politics, Victoria was a master’s level professional counselor helping women struggling with trauma and addiction. She created the Native Ways program at The Haven, an award-winning substance use residential treatment program for Indigenous women. She is a life-long feminist and a co-founder of the Tucson Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) where she is highly active in advocating for women’s equality and empowerment. During her previous term in the legislature she was proud to serve on the board of the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators.

As a State House member Victoria delivered results for Arizona and the people of LD 9. In her first term she secured half a million dollars in the state budget for mental health first aid, and in her second term she was the sponsor of two of the eight total Democratic bills to pass the House. Victoria considers the Arizona state budget a sacred document that should reflect our collective values. She describes herself as a  “life-long feminist”. She continues to champion women’s rights legislation, most notably the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and the Missing and Murder Indigenous Women investigative committee.

As a public servant Victoria is devoted to the elimination of violence, poverty and social injustice. She has been honored by the Community Prevention Coalition of Pima County, the ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health, the Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers, and in 2015 Child and Family Resources recognized Victoria with the Gabe Zimmerman Emerging Champion Award.