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Who We Are

The Arizona Nonprofit Policy Council is an advisory group composed of individuals interested in public policy and advocacy for Arizona’s nonprofit sector. Participation in the council is open to members of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and is primarily made up of professionals from the nonprofit sector who are working in or for a nonprofit organization. Other members include lobbyists or other experts in public policy who support the sector. Our goal is to have a council that accurately reflects and represents our diverse nonprofit community in Arizona.

What We Do

The Council provides critical insight and feedback on issues, opportunities and obstacles facing the nonprofit sector. Council members share their issues, concerns and viewpoints on a variety of nonprofit issues through productive discussion and information sharing. The Council helps mobilize the ‘grassroots’ and ‘grasstops’, and informs boards of directors, partners and the media on legislation, propositions or positions important to the nonprofit sector in Arizona.

This helps shape the Alliance’s advocacy strategies and the formation of the Alliance’s annual legislative agenda, guided by the Alliance’s Policy Framework. The Council also helps plan advocacy related programs and events. Council members are also often invited to meet with policy makers and other leaders, or provide testimony at the legislature, as part of the Alliance’s ongoing advocacy efforts. Finally, the Council provides review and recommendations on legislative and policy issues to the full Alliance board for approval as necessary.  

Council Leadership

  • Chair: Sonia Perillo, Audubon Arizona with the National Audubon Society
  • Vice Chair: David Martinez, III, St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance

Council Members

  • Joan Abbey, Abbeywood Associates, LLC
  • Shaylinn Aleman, Arizona College Access Network
  • Penny Allee Taylor, Valley of the Sun United Way
  • Wendy Anderton, Global Ties Arizona
  • Jamie Aragon, Planned Parenthood Arizona
  • Ally Baehr, Make Way For Books
  • Lana Baldwin, Pima Council on Aging
  • Kathleen Bethel, Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation
  • Scott Blades, Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network
  • Tina Blake, Prescott Meals on Wheels
  • Chris Boyd, Association of Arizona Food Banks
  • Jaclyn Boyes, Homeless ID Project
  • Bo Buchanan, George Ruskruge & S Barry Casey Masonic Library & Museum
  • Maddy Bynes, Pima Council on Aging
  • Nichole Cassidy, ACLU of Arizona
  • Carlos Castaneda, Adelante Healthcare
  • Wendie Cimino, Reachout Women's Center
  • Stacey Cope, Sonoran Prevention Works
  • Damita Curry, Children’s Action Alliance
  • Christina Cutshaw, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona
  • Deb Dale, Smith & Dale 
  • Donna Davis, Expect More Arizona
  • Mesha Davis, Arizona Foundation For Women
  • Lynn Davis, Sonoran Glass School
  • Bahney Dedolph, Arizona Council of Human Service Providers
  • Eric Ehst, Neighbors Who Care
  • Julie Evans, Parkinson Wellness Recovery
  • Cindy Findley, Arizona Caregiver Coalition
  • Rusty Foley, Arizona Citizens for the Arts
  • Jesse Garcia, Adelante Healthcare
  • Karl Gentles, Back to School Clothing Drive
  • Betty Gludt, Reachout Women's Center
  • Stuart Goodman, Goodman Schwartz
  • Linda Hardy, Tu Nidito
  • Jessica Herbert, PAFCO
  • Sharon Hettick, Northwest Valley Connect
  • Karen Jayne, Stardust Building Supplies
  • Jennifer Jermaine, We the People
  • Marcus Johnson, Vitalyst Health
  • Jonathan Leonard, Desert Senita Community Health Center
  • Jodi Liggett, Planned Parenthood Arizona
  • Laurie Liles, Arizona Grantmakers Forum
  • Kate Maguire Jensen, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona
  • Lori Malangone, Arizona Youth Partnership
  • David Martinez III, Vice Chair, St. Mary's Food Bank 
  • Brenda Masters, Collaboration For A Cause
  • Tom McKinney, Tucson Symphony
  • Patrick McWhortor, Lead for Change
  • Kristen Merrifield, Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits
  • Greer Millard, Florence Immigration & Refugee Rights Project
  • Rick Mitchell, Homeless ID Project
  • Beth Morrison, Our Family Services
  • Jon Myers, Arc of Arizona
  • Amelia Natoli, Iskashitaa Refugee Network
  • Stephanie Nichols-Young, Animal Defense League of Arizona
  • Megan Norton, The Joy Bus
  • Nicole Olmstead, American Heart Association
  • Shelby Pedersen,ICAN:Positive Programs for Youth
  • Sonia Perillo, Chair, Audubon Arizona
  • Brandy Petrone, Goodman Schwartz
  • Joyce Petrowski, Furnishing Dignity
  • Suzanne Pfister, Vitalyst Health
  • Connie Phillips, Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest
  • Kristen PierceArizona Commission on the Arts
  • Yesenia Pinales, Goodman Schwartz
  • Layal Rabat, Asian Pacific Community in Action
  • Catherine Rea, Crisis Response Network
  • Sam Richard,Creosote Partners
  • Angie Rodgers, Association of Arizona Food Banks
  • Edson Salas, Arizona Friends of Foster Children Association
  • Shannon Schell, Protecting Arizona's Family Coalition
  • Eric Schindler. Child & Family Resources
  • Laine Seaton, Child & Family Resources
  • Betty Stauffer, Literacy Connects
  • Ashley St. Thomas, Association of Arizona Food Banks
  • Courtney Sullivan, Arizona Center For Afterschool Excellence
  • Craig Sumburg, Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation
  • Melissa Sutton, Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona
  • Jennifer Terrisgni, Raise the Bar
  • Bre Thomas, Arizona Family Health Partnership
  • Kerrie Walker, Arizona Career Pathways
  • Kelly Watson, Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun
  • Claire West, Claire West Consulting
  • Anne C. White, Ph.D., CFRE, Anne C. White Associates
  • Betsy Wilson, Northland Pioneer College Friends & Family
  • Nancy Younger, Developmental Enrichment Centers

Staff coordinates and provides ongoing education and information to Council members to keep them informed on local and national issues, trends and best practices. Council members also receive a monthly report from the National Council of Nonprofits at each meeting, providing insight and perspective on issues facing the sector on a broader scale. Also, council members have access to the legislative bill tracker and advocacy communication from the Alliance. 

Get Involved

The Council is open to accepting new members year-round, and we are regularly looking for nonprofit leaders who represent the diversity of the communities and causes we support.If you are interested in learning more, or applying, please contact Council Chair, Sonia Perillo, at The Council reviews and votes upon new members at each meeting.  If approved, you will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement and a roles and responsibilities acknowledgement prior to your first meeting. Meetings are normally held once a month (except July & August) at the Alliance’s Central Phoenix office, with the option to call in from other parts of the state. 

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