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About

The Arizona Center for Economic Progress advances thoughtful analysis and effective policy solutions to shape a better future for every Arizonan through quality jobs, great education, and stronger communities.

We bring together the voices and knowledge of people from throughout Arizona — millennials and seniors, employers and educators, entrepreneurs and rural leaders, arts advocates and business leaders — to advocate for a long term vision that will raise the economic power of all Arizonans.

We have four key priorities for empowering all Arizonans with better jobs and economic opportunities:

  1. Quality public schools in every neighborhood;
  2. Affordable and accessible post-secondary education and job training opportunities;
  3. Eliminate barriers to joining the workforce;
  4. Robust infrastructure and sustainable communities that support our growing population
David Lujan, Esq. - Director

David Lujan, Esq. - Director

David, a former member of the state Senate and House of Representatives, has worked in public policy in Arizona for 20 years. He served as an assistant attorney general advising the School Facilities Board, legal counsel for the Arizona senate, a staff attorney providing legal services to abused and neglected children and, most recently, as a public policy director for Reading Partners, an organization that provides services to young children struggling in school. David also served as chief administrator for Arizona State University’s Preparatory Academy in Phoenix, a public charter school for preschool through 12th grade students. David earned his law degree at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU.

Karen McLaughlin, MPA - Director of Budget and Research

Karen McLaughlin, MPA - Director of Budget and Research

Karen is an Arizona budget expert. She worked in the Executive Budget Office from 1985 to 1989 and has held a variety of budget and financial positions in the Department of Administration and Arizona State University. She served in the Department of Economic Security for eleven years, retiring as financial services administrator. Karen earned her master’s of public administration degree at Arizona State University. Contact Karen at extension 207.

Ethan Clay - Economic Policy Analyst

Ethan Clay - Economic Policy Analyst

Ethan is an economic policy analyst with the Arizona Center for Economic Progress. He previously worked as an analyst for the Arizona State University (ASU) Office of University Initiatives, taught Introduction to U.S. History at Eyman State Prison, and interned at the Arizona House of Representatives. Ethan is pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy at ASU, where he also earned his Bachelor’s in U.S. history. Reach Ethan at extension 204.

Children’s Action Alliance Board of Directors
The Children’s Action Alliance Board of Directors serve without compensation to build a vision for Children’s Action Alliance and its advocacy efforts on behalf of Arizona’s children and families.

  • Hon. Claudia Walters, Chair
    Community Leader
  • Greg Wells, Past-Chair
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
  • Rhonda Anderson
    Healthcare Consultant
  • Diana Yazzie Devine
    Native American Connections
  • René X. Diaz, EdD
    Community Leader
  • Joanie Flatt
    Flatt & Associates, Ltd
  • Joseph Garcia
    Morrison Institute Latino Public Policy Center
  • Joseph Gaudio
    UHC Community Plan of Arizona
  • Jack Gibson
    Arizona Public Media
  • Nora Hannah
    Community Leader
  • Mark Kendall
    CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company
  • Gifford Loda
    Healthcare Consultant
  • Hon. Hope MacDonald LoneTree
    Tribal Relations Advisor
  • Sherry McFadden
    State Farm Insurance Companies
  • Ayensa I. Millan
    Cima Law Group, PC
  • H. Brinton Milward
    University of Arizona
  • Elizabeth Reich
    Make-a-Wish Foundation of Arizona
  • Amy Shoptaugh, M.D.
    All About Kids Pediatrics
  • Wendy Villa
    Arizona Public Service Company
  • Hon. Carolyn Warner
    Corporate Education Consulting, Inc.
  • Hon. Corey Woods
    Arizona State University Preparatory Academies
  • Cathleen Yu
    Quarles & Brady LLP
  • Dana Wolfe Naimark, President/CEO
    Children’s Action Alliance

Arizona Center for Economic Progress Advisory Board
The Arizona Center for Economic Progress’ Advisory Board is comprised of community and policy leaders who provide strategic advice on realizing a better, brighter economic vision for Arizona.

  • Hon. Chad Campbell
    Strategies 360
  • Hon. George Cunningham
    Grand Canyon Institute
  • Enrique Lopez Lira
    Grand Canyon University
  • Georganna Meyer
    The Maguire Company
  • Dana Wolfe Naimark
    Children’s Action Alliance
  • Sam Richard
    Protecting Arizona’s Family Coalition
  • Jim Rounds
    Rounds Consulting Group
  • Randie Stein
    Stifel Nicolaus
  • Tom Rex
    Center for Competitiveness & Prosperity Research
    W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University
  • Elliott Hibbs
    Retired, State of Arizona Department Director
  • Max Gonzales
    Chicanos Por La Causa
  • Marie Sullivan
    Community Leader

Partners

The Arizona Center for Economic Progress is a member of the following organizations:

The State Priorities Partnership (SPP), a national network of nonpartisan, independent, nonprofit organizations in over 40 states. These organizations share a commitment to rigorous policy analysis, responsible budget and tax policies, and a particular focus on the needs of low- and moderate-income families. The organizations broaden the debate on budget and tax policy through public education and the encouragement of civic engagement on these issues. The SPP network is coordinated by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington-based research organization and strategic policy institute that works on a range of federal and state issues.

AZ Schools Now is a coalition of dedicated volunteers, educators, parents, school board members, faith-based leaders, and children’s advocates focused on reinvesting in Arizona’s public schools. Collectively, the constituencies of the AZ Schools Now partner organizations represent some of Arizona’s most ardent and invested supporters of public education.

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Fact Sheets and Reports

FACT SHEET

What are the Neighbors Doing? A Comparative Look at How Nevada and Utah are Investing to Grow Their Economies, 2017

For several years, tax cuts have been the tool of choice that many states have used to try to make themselves more competitive and to attract new businesses and jobs to their state. However, many of those same states are now focusing their attention on investing in K-12 public education, higher education and infrastructure.

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FACT SHEET

Why Arizona Should Care About the Federal Budget, 2017

For several years, tax cuts have been the tool of choice that many states have used to try to make themselves more competitive and to attract new businesses and jobs to their state. However, many of those same states are now focusing their attention on investing in K-12 public education, higher education and infrastructure.

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FACT SHEET

Kansas Tax Cuts Failed to Spur Jobs and Economic Growth, 2017

For several years, tax cuts have been the tool of choice that many states have used to try to make themselves more competitive and to attract new businesses and jobs to their state. However, many of those same states are now focusing their attention on investing in K-12 public education, higher education and infrastructure.

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FACT SHEET

Q&A Arizona's State Budget and Taxes: What Every Arizonan need to Know About Growing Our Economy, 2017

For several years, tax cuts have been the tool of choice that many states have used to try to make themselves more competitive and to attract new businesses and jobs to their state. However, many of those same states are now focusing their attention on investing in K-12 public education, higher education and infrastructure.

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Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

We hope you can join us at one of our upcoming events.

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SEP
2017

Connecting the Dots Between Fiscal Policies and Your Priorities.
December 15, 9:00am - 12:00pm
3030 N 3rd St
8th Floor Conference Room
Phoenix, AZ 85012

We will spend the morning sharing strategies and tactics that we can all use to build strong public support for cleaning up Arizona’s tax code and eliminating special interest tax breaks so that we will be better able to invest in those priorities that benefit all Arizonans.

We want to work with you to drive the narrative in 2018 for everyone paying their fair share and lay the foundation to advocate for revenue for meaningful public investments in the priorities many of us share.

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We welcome the opportunity to be a part of your event. Please fill out the form at the link below to give us more information about your event and we’ll get back to you soon.

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The Arizona Center for Economic Progress
3030 N. 3rd St., Suite 650
Phoenix, AZ 85012
602.266.0707
AZEconCenter.org

The Arizona Center for Economic Progress
3030 N. 3rd St., Suite 650
Phoenix, AZ 85012
602.266.0707
AZEconCenter.org


Building a Future that Works for All Arizonans