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


Thanks to our current class of interns who are making a difference in communities across the state. Click here to learn more about our internships.


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


Tony Motola
Chief of Staff, Office of Councilman Daniel Valenzuela
City of Phoenix

James Christensen
President and CEO, Gateway Bank

Marion Donaldson
Development Director, Arizona School for the Arts

Bobbie Fox
Associate General Counsel & Assistant Vice President,
CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company

Albert Santana
Director of High Capacity Transit, City of Phoenix

Chip Scutari
Co-Founder, Scutari and Cieslak Public Relations

Jen Yee
Assistant Executive Director, Arizona State Fair


Tucson Steering Committee

Erika Mitnik-White
American Board of Radiology

Josh Proctor
Mama's Hawaiian Bar-b-cue

Lisette DeMars
First Things First

Kelly Watters
Food Conspiracy Co-op

Michelle Armstrong
Tohono Chul Garden

Jeff Saunders
America's Mattress

Kate Kretschmann
Edible Baja Arizona


Dr. Jonathan Koppell, Board Chair
Dean, College of Public Service and Community Solutions
Arizona State University

Keisha Tatum, Board Vice-Chair
State Conservationist
Natural Resources Conservation Service

Jeffrey Brodin, Board Secretary
Brodin HR Law

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

Angie Harmon
Social Investments Manager
Freeport-McMoRan Foundation

Liz Gerlach
Division President, James W. Imports and Quench Fine Wines
Hensley Beverage Distributing

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

Manuel Cairo
Lead Council
Midwestern University

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

William Mandeville
Director of Development
The Nature Conservancy

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Join the Local First Arizona Team! 

Become an Volunteer

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.