January 27, 2023


Valley Partnership announces new board members for 2023

Valley Partnership, the Valley of the Sun’s premier advocacy group for responsible development, announced new members to the Board of Directors led by Board Chair Laura Ortiz (photo above), President and Managing Principal of Evergreen Development. Ortiz manages the company’s retail and industrial developments along with its Leasing, Acquisition, Development and Construction personnel.

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Ortiz will be joined by the following industry leaders serving as Board Officers:
•    Rob Bassett, Pederson Group – Vice Chair
•    Nicole Maas, Kitchell – Treasurer
•    Nic Fischer, Merit Partners - Secretary
•    Brandon Dillingham, HINES – Past Chair
•    Jay Kramer, Fennemore – General Counsel

“We are grateful to have an active and engaged Board of Directors at Valley Partnership,”said Cheryl Lombard, President and CEO of Valley Partnership. “Laura’s experience and industry insight will be valuable as Valley Partnership continues to navigate major policy issue impacting the state such as water and transportation infrastructure. We thank Brandon Dillingham for serving as Board Chair for the past year and helping advance the mission of the organization by implementing informational briefings with state and local candidates, increasing revenues by 4%, and leading Valley Partnership during historic water policy negotiations.”

Valley Partnership also welcomed six new board members:
•    Kimberly Davids, Clayco
•    Shannon Francoeur, TerraWest Communities
•    Rebecca Lundberg, PulteGroup
•    Heath Melton, Howard Hughes Corporation
•    Larry Pobuda, The Opus Group
•    Greg Vogel, Land Advisors Organization