In 2015, the Local First Arizona team grew tremendously by adding 5 part time and 4 full time staff positions for a total of 16 full time and 6 part time staff.
The Local First Arizona Foundation welcomed Rebecca Pringle as its Development Director, and Rachel Morningstar came on full time as the Local Foods Development Coordinator. The Tucson office grew this year by bringing on CJ Agbannawag as the Tucson Membership Coordinator, and Connor Descheemaker joined the Phoenix office as the Outreach Coordinator. With the success of Fuerza Local, the team has expanded to 3 with Tim Castro as the Fuerza Local Liaison, Edgar Olivio as the Fuerza Local Business Accelerator Program Director, and Elaman Rodriguez as the Fuerza Local Events Coordinator. Local FIrst Arizona also brought on Celeste Allen and Jose Urteaga as part time support staff for the Phoenix office. Additionally, LFA welcomed new staff to fill three open positions, including Cara Corbin as the Northern Arizona Director, Natalie Morris as the Food Systems Community Liaison, and Marianne Belardi as the Devour Phoenix Liaison.
With exponential growth year after year, Local First Arizona has been able to expand its programming and better serve Arizona communities across the state. We look forward to continued growth and success in the coming years.