Valley Leadership, an organization aimed at providing life-long leadership to fuel long-term impact on Arizona’s most pressing issues, has completed an aggressive two-year plan ahead of goal.  The organization has exceeded expectations set out in the plan, successfully moving the legacy organization from information to impact by introducing and adopting the Principles of Doing, developing new curriculum and launching four Impact Teams, ready to go networks of leaders collaborating to tackle a “to-do” list in pursuit of immediate impact and systemic change. 

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“This is an incredibly exciting time for the organization,” said Dave Brown, Valley Leadership CEO.  “We are at a point where our vision is becoming a reality.  The hard work of the Board, staff and our committed partners has paid off.  The team is excited to share our success and proof of concept with Arizona.  If you are looking to get involved and make an impact, we’ve created a vehicle for leaders across the state to join us.”

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The organization has also elected Michelle McGinty, President of DRA Collective, a local public relations firm, to serve as the new Board President.  Additionally, they have recruited an impressive bench of diverse leaders as new Board members representing the state’s most-respected organizations and influential interests. 

Joyce Medina Harper, Executive Director of the Dougherty Foundation, will serve as Vice Chair; Debra Esparza, CEO of YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix, will serve as Secretary; and Paul Komadina, Senior Managing Director and Market Leader of CBRE’s Phoenix and Tucson offices, will serve as Treasurer. The Board officers’ terms run through 2021. 

McGinty has been involved with Valley Leadership for nearly 10 years and has served on the Board since 2014. She is an alumna of Valley Leadership’s Leadership Institute Class 33. She led the task force to find the organization’s new CEO, Dave Brown, with a vision to elevate the direction of the organization. Brown has been a pivotal leader for the more than 40-year organization shifting the focus from a leadership program that individuals start and finish, to developing a leadership culture that seeks to impact long-term issues. Five of the state’s largest community philanthropies invested $1 million to support the new vision. McGinty helped to shepherd the strategic plan to completion, which will maximize a new model of leadership through deeper alumni engagement, more meaningful involvement of current partners, as well as the development of new collaborations with like-minded leaders in all sectors: private, public and nonprofit. 

“I’m honored to be elected to serve as Valley Leadership’s Board President,” McGinty said. “I’m eager to continue collaborating with Valley Leadership’s CEO Dave Brown, new Board officers and the entire Board and staff to set the example of leadership in our state, mobilize leaders to take action and further Arizona’s can-do-attitude to help solve our most pressing issues.”

Full Board List

Katie Campana, Wells Fargo

Debra Esparza (Board Secretary), YWCA

Joyce Medina Harper (Board Vice Chair), Dougherty Foundation

Erin Hart, Expect More Arizona

Koran Harmidon, Republic Services

Paul Komadina (Board Treasurer), CBRE

Drena Kusari, Lyft

Sherry McFadden, State Farm

Michelle McGinty (Board President), DRA Collective

Anthony Valencia, Benevilla

Maria Valenzuela, Esperanca