On June 28, our Speaker will be Katie Hobbs
We need a new AZ Secretary of State! We need Katie Hobbs!
Katie Hobbs is an Arizona native that has spent her life working for a better Arizona through advocacy and public service. She graduated from Seton Catholic in 1988 and went on to get her Bachelor of Social Work from Northern Arizona University and her Master of Social Work from Arizona State University in 1995.
Katie is changing the face of local politics through identifying, training and encouraging more women to run for office. She is also faculty in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at Paradise Valley Community College and at Arizona State University. She started as a professional social worker in 1992 and prior to being elected to the legislature she worked for Sojourner Center, the largest domestic violence shelter in the United States. As Director of Government Relations, she was responsible for ensuring compliance with $4 million in government contracts, was involved in several community-wide domestic violence and homeless coordination efforts, and worked to engage domestic violence survivors in the legislative process and social action.
Katie has served as a Commissioner on the Phoenix Women’s Commission, the Phoenix Human Services Commission, and was the chair of the Maricopa County Merit System Commission. She is a graduate of Valley Leadership's Leadership Institute (2003), Emerge Arizona’s candidate training program (2004), and the Center for Progressive Leadership's Political Leaders Fellowship program (2007).
Katie has announced her run for Arizona Secretary of State.
On September 27, our Speaker will be David Garcia
Our speaker for September 27th is David Garcia who is a candidate for Governor of Arizona in 2018. He is a native Arizonan and a product of Arizona’s public schools. Prior to attending college, he proudly served in the U.S. Army Infantry, where he excelled as an expert marksman, was awarded the Humanitarian Award and the Army Achievement Medal, and was trained as a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare Specialist.
David is now an Associate Professor in the Teachers College at ASU. His professional experience includes extensive work in state and national education policy development and implementation. Prior to his appointment at ASU, he served as the state Associate Superintendent of Public Instruction for Standards and Accountability, Director of Research and Policy for the Arizona Department of Education, research analyst for the Arizona State Senate Education Committee and as a peer consultant for the U.S. Department of Education.
He is an author with several research articles, book chapters, national academic presentations and policy reports to his credit. He is a member of the editorial team for two of the highest ranked academic journals in education. He has also studied international academic standards, including a presentation at the University of Helsinki, Finland.
David received a Bachelor of Arts and Honors Diploma from Arizona State University, where he was recognized as the 1993 ASU Man of the Year. He also holds a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Chicago in Education Policy, Research and Institutional Studies.
David teaches courses in research methods, data analysis and statistics. In spring 2013 he taught a seminar on the American Educational System to a cohort of Teach for America teachers.
David is married to Lori A. Higuera. Their family is bilingual and their two daughters attend a public school.
For more information, go to his website at: http://dg4az.com