Meet the people working every day to build a better Arizona. Local First Arizona has four statewide offices in Phoenix, Tucson, Cottonwood, and Flagstaff.


Meet the leaders who guide Local First Arizona and the Local First Arizona Foundation through year after year of growth.


Samuel Richard, Board Chair
Protecting Arizona's Family Coalition 

Tony Motola
Valley Metro

Mario Aniles
Housing Authority of Maricopa County

Tony Felice
Felice+Whitney Marketing & Creative

James Barron
Vantage Weset

James Christensen
Gateway Bank

Marion Donaldson
Arizona School for the Arts

Bobbie Fox
Copperpoint Mutual Insurance Company

Rick McCartney
InMedia Company

Albert Santana
City of Phoenix

Chip Scutari
Scutari and Cieslak Public Relations

Jen Yee
Arizona State Fair

Tucson Steering Committee

Josh Proctor
Mama's Hawaiian Bar-b-cue

Lisette DeMars
First Things First

Kelly Watters
Food Conspiracy Co-op

Val Timin
Hotel Congress/Maynards Market

Michelle Armstrong
Tohono Chul Garden

Jeff Saunders
America's Mattress


Angie Harmon, Board Chair
Social Investments Manager
Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Foundation

Dr. Jonathan Koppell, Board Vice-chair
Dean, School of Public Affairs
College of Public Programs, Arizona State University

Tammy McLeod, Board Treasurer
Vice President, Chief Customer Officer
Arizona Public Service (APS)

Jeffrey Brodin, Board Secretary
Brodin HR Law

Elizabeth Gerlach
Brand Manager, Quench Fine Wines
Hensley Beverage Distributing

Keisha Tatem
State Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Margaret Smeck
Marketing Manager
Gallagher and Kennedy Law Offices

Isabelle Jazo
Vice President of Brand Strategy
Lane Terralever

Gary Kellogg
President/CEO, Partnership for Economic Development
Lake Havasu City

Manuel Cairo
Law Offices of Snell and Wilmer

Levi Esquerra
Director, Rural Policy Institute
Program Director, Center for American Indian Economic Development
Northern Arizona University

Deanna Salazar
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

William Mandeville
Director of Development
The Nature Conservancy

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Become an ALFA

Volunteer with us as an Ambassador to Local First Arizona (ALFA)! We call our volunteers “ALFAs”  (Ambassadors of Local First Arizona) because they are dedicated to our mission of creating unique, diverse communities and a more sustainable, resilient economy for everyone!

Become an Intern

Local First Arizona offers 10-week unpaid internships to students and non-students looking to gain more experience in the non-profit field. As a grassroots organization, our interns are hands-on from the start acquiring valuable experience and transferrable skills in any of our intern positions