Az Business and AZRE magazines announced the publications’ lists of the Most Influential Women in Arizona of 2023, including Amilyn Pierce, vice president of Government Affairs for the Arizona Diamondbacks. In celebration of the 12th anniversary of the Most Influential Women program, azbigmedia.com is profiling one of the Most Influential Women of 2023 each day leading up to the Most Influential Women of 2023 dinner and reception.
The Most Influential Women for 2023 will be honored at a reception on Thursday, August 17 at Chateau Luxe in Phoenix. For sponsorship information, email Amy.Lindsey@azbigmedia.com. For information about the event honoring the Most Influential Women, email Lynette.Carrington@azbigmedia.com or click here. To buy tickets, click here.
Amilyn Pierce, vice president, Government Affairs, Arizona Diamondbacks
BACKGROUND: Amilyn Pierce is in her fifth season as vice president of Government Affairs for the Arizona Diamondbacks, overseeing all government relations, DE&I and Sustainability initiatives for the team. Pierce’s 23-year career in politics and government spans three states (Arizona, Oregon and Washington) and her experience includes candidate and initiative campaign management, policy work and legislative senior staff.
CAREER PATH INSPIRATION: “Participating in the Kids Voting project in junior high sparked my interest in politics but watching the West Wing really got me excited about government. I loved the fast-paced environment and people impacting change — I was hooked. I didn’t know combining government and sports was an option but I’ve always been a huge baseball fan. When the chance to combine two things I love and know well presented itself, my dream job was born.”
SOURCE OF PRIDE: “Working with a coalition including sports organizations, Native American tribes, the Arizona state legislature and the governor’s office to update the gaming compact and legalize sports betting in the state is one of my proudest professional accomplishments. Our approach to sports gaming has become a model that other states emulate, and the professional coalitions that have turned into personal friendships make being involved with this historic legislation even more rewarding.”
SOURCE OF INSPIRATION: “Derrick Hall at the D-backs and Michael Hunter and J.D. Mesnard at the Arizona Legislature have done much to further my career — valuing my contributions and opinions while creating a safe place to ask questions and learn. Derrick continues to give me new responsibilities and I’ve grown and been challenged more in the last four years than at any other time in my career. These men have also allowed me to be the mom I want to be, encouraging and supporting my family goals in addition to my professional goals. I will be forever grateful to them.”
SURPRISING FACT: “I developed a peanut allergy later in life after I had a baby, who is also allergic to peanuts! The allergy was diagnosed right about the time I got a job at a baseball stadium, a place where peanuts are a staple. What are the odds?! Good news: we’ve never had an issue.”