Valley Partnership announced the leadership team for its 2013 Board of Directors, which will be led by new Board Chair Karrin Taylor of DMB Associates.

Other 2013 board members: Vice Chair, Doug Leventhal, Evergreen Devco; Secretary, Molly Ryan-Carson, Ryan Companies US; Treasurer, Scott Nelson, Macerich; Immediate Past Chair, Rick Hearn, Vestar; General Counsel, Jay Kramer; and At-Large Member, Dick Crowley, Kitchell.

As the Executive Vice President and Chief Entitlements Officer at DMB, Taylor is responsible for ongoing land use entitlement matters for its communities.  She serves as a member of the company’s Executive Management Team responsible for the strategic direction, growth and operation of the company.

Prior to joining DMB, Taylor was a principal with the law firm of Biskind, Hunt & Taylor, P.L.C., where she practiced in the areas of land use, development and zoning law.

She holds a B.A. in History and a B.A. in Political Science from Arizona State University.  She also received her Juris Doctorate from ASU’s College of Law.  Ms. Taylor is admitted to practice in Arizona and before the U.S. District Court for Arizona.

Taylor’s professional affiliations include the State Bar of Arizona and the Maricopa County Bar Association. She’s been appointed by the Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives to serve as the business community’s representative on the Transportation Policy Committee of the Maricopa Association of Governments; and she also serves as the Governor’s appointee on the Arizona State Land Department’s Conservation Advisory Committee.

Her commitment to the local community includes and has included service on the Board of Directors for Valley Partnership, the Board of Directors for Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the Maricopa County Trails Foundation, the Phoenix Suns Charities Board and Great Hearts Preparatory Academies Board.  She is also an Advisory Board Member of the Arizona Aerospace Institute, dedicated to retaining and growing the aerospace industry in Arizona and a member of Charter 100 and Arizona Town Hall.