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.


James Christensen
President and CEO, Gateway Bank

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

Richard Paige
Director, Market & Product Development, Vantage West Credit Union

Elizabeth Gerlach
Brand Manager, Hensley Beverage Company

Marion Donaldson
Development Director, Arizona School for the Arts

Tucson Steering Committee

Erika Mitnik-White
American Board of Radiology

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

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.