The governance focus area engages governance issues both locally and statewide. Focus area goals include efforts to correct structural deficiencies in governance as well as to support and prepare new leadership for elected office. The ultimate goal is efficient and effective governance for Southern Arizona and the state of Arizona.


  • Led Prop 403 and 404 campaign to change City of Tucson charter to give Mayor voting parity on City Council and the City Manager sole ability to hire/fire direct reports
  • Convened the first Tucson Regional Town Hall with outcomes including: First Things First, Tucson Values Teachers  and the consolidation of literacy nonprofits into Literacy Connects
  • Support the development of future civic leaders through the Flinn-Brown Program and Civic Political & Leadership Academy
  • Work to ensure good regional and state governance
  • Strong proponent of making the requirements to vote and run for office uniform for all political parties
  • Advocate for policies to require the disclosure of large donations and money originating outside the state to political campaigns.


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Convened campaign to defeat a ‘sanctuary city’ proposition that would have caused Tucson to forfeit more than $138 million in state-shared revenue and federal grants, and would have prevented federal partners like FBI and DEA from assisting local police in solving crimes.