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Arizona Voices is the first statewide civic engagement platform of its kind, where you can rate pending legislation, discuss the issues and policies that impact our state with fellow Arizonans, and propose innovative ideas to your elected officials.

Arizona Voices Institute is a program of Greater Phoenix Leadership to increase public participation in the legislative process. was created by the former Arizona Voices Institute as a way to directly empower and collectively encourage citizens to propose solutions for the challenges faced by Arizona.

How to Take Action

You matter and it’s time to be heard. Share your ratings, ideas and feedback with legislative officials who are elected to represent your interests. Simply access our step-by-step tutorial to learn “How To Use” and read our helpful FAQs.

Rate Bills

Follow, rate and discuss legislation being considered by state lawmakers

Share Ideas

Post, collaborate and weigh in on ideas for improving our state

Our Board

Steven A. Betts, President, Board Chairman

As President of Chanen Development Company, Steven Betts leverages his expertise in forging public-private partnerships to bring development projects to fruition in Arizona and markets across the United States. Prior to this position, he was President & CEO of Suncor Development Company, which experienced unprecedented growth during his five-year tenure. In 2008, the Arizona Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Park Developers named Mr. Betts Developer of the Year and in 2009 the Phoenix Business Journal presented him with its first Most Admired CEO award.

In addition to serving as Chairman for the Arizona Voices Institute, Mr. Betts is Chairman of the Urban Land Institute–Arizona District Council Governance Committee and Immediate Past Chairman (and current board member) of Teach for America–Phoenix. He is also a board member of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, a member of the Transportation and Trade Corridor Alliance (appointed by Governor Jan Brewer), Vice Chairman of the Arizona Town Hall, Chairman of the Interstate 11 Coalition, Trustee and board member of The Nature Conservancy, board member of the Greater Maricopa Foreign Trade Zone and member of the Maricopa Association of Governments Economic Development Committee.

Ed Fox, Board Treasurer

Ed Fox is an Adjunct Professor of Practice in the ASU School of Sustainability, after recently retiring from a long career as an executive officer at Arizona Public Service Company, serving as Director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, and practicing law in both the private and public sectors.

At APS, Mr. Fox was Vice President for State and Local Affairs, Communications, Technology Development and Environment, Health and Safety. From 2005 to 2012, he served as the inaugural Chief Sustainability Officer for APS and its parent company Pinnacle West Capital Corporation. Under his leadership, Pinnacle West was named to the North America Dow Jones Sustainability Index and ranked 15th on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s list of 100 Best Corporate Citizens. Pinnacle West also earned “best-in-class” status for environmental and social performance in Storebrand’s Social Responsibility Index, and was awarded EPA’s Energy Star award for Sustained Excellence three times.

From 1991 until he joined APS in 1995, Mr. Fox served by appointment of the Governor of Arizona as the Director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

Mr. Fox spent 10 years as a board member for The Phoenix Zoo, three of which he was Chairman. He currently serves on the ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy Board of Advisors, the Arizona We Want Institute Advisory Board and as Board Treasurer for the Arizona Voices Institute.

Wes Gullett, Board Secretary

Wes Gullett is a founding partner of FirstStrategic Communications & Public Affairs, leading the firm’s strategic planning projects and representing businesses engaged in public policy efforts. He directed many successful public policy projects at FirstStrategic, including passing Proposition 203 and Proposition 100.

Mr. Gullett was Deputy Campaign Manager during Senator John McCain’s campaign for the Republican Presidential Nomination. His principal responsibility was overseeing, the pioneering effort to bring web technology and applications to a major political campaign. Time, Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report, as well as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The San Jose Mercury News, reported on the spectacular success of the McCain Internet Campaign. In addition to political campaigns, Mr. Gullett consulted as a partner in HighGround, Inc., and formed Integrated Web Strategy, LLC, a company that provided Internet consulting services to business, organizations and political campaigns.

Mr. Gullett served three years on Capitol Hill working for the U.S. Senate Republican Conference. At the Conference, he served as senior media producer, overseeing the daily production of several radio and television programs. And he now serves as Board Secretary for the Arizona Voices Institute.

Margery Brown

As Senior Vice President for Operations and Integration, Margery Brown oversees the day-to-day operations of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. In particular, she monitors the organization’s performance and execution relative to its strategic initiatives and annual goals.

Ms. Brown has over 15 years of experience as a senior operations manager, administrator, financial manager, and policy advisor in both the public and private sectors. She worked at both the New York City and Federal Offices of Management and Budget, and served as a Deputy Commissioner for Finance and Administration for the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. After leaving the public sector, Ms. Brown managed operations in North and South America for Cushman & Wakefield, a global, commercial real estate firm.

Ms. Brown serves on the board of the Arizona Health Facilities Authority, the Healthcare Transitional Funding Corporation and the Arizona Voices Institute. Previously, she served on the Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission and was a board member at the Fulton Mall Business Improvement District in Brooklyn, NY.

Lattie F. Coor

Lattie F. Coor, President-Emeritus and Professor of Public Affairs at Arizona State University, is Chairman and CEO of the Center for the Future of Arizona. For 26 years, he served as a University President, most recently at Arizona State University from 1990 to 2002, and previously at the University of Vermont from 1976 to 1989. He also held positions with a variety of higher education associations, boards and commissions. Currently, he serves on the board for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Arizona and the Arizona Voices Institute, as well as a member of the Greater Phoenix Leadership Council.

An Arizona native, Coor was born in Phoenix and graduated with high honors from Northern Arizona University in 1958. He pursued graduate studies in Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, earning a master’s degree in 1960 and a Ph.D. in 1964. He has honorary degrees from Marlboro College, American College of Greece, the University of Vermont and Northern Arizona University.

Pearl Chang Esau

Pearl Chang Esau is President & CEO of Expect More Arizona, a non-partisan education advocacy organization working to build a movement of Arizonans in support of world-class education for all children. Prior to this, she was Executive Director of Teach For America–Phoenix, where she led a teacher corps serving 20,000 students each year in the Greater Phoenix area. Pearl began her career in education as a Teach For America corps member, teaching 5th grade English language learners in East Los Angeles. This opportunity inspired a life-long commitment to helping all students reach their potential through an excellent education.

Ms. Chang Esau serves on the board of the Arizona Business and Education Coalition, the Wells Fargo Community Advisory Board, the Rodel Foundation’s Advisory Council, Arizona State University’s Community Council, the board of the Arizona Voices Institute and the United Way of Northern Arizona Board of Directors. She was also appointed to the Governor’s Arizona Ready Education Council.

She was recently recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal as one of the Valley’s 25 Most Admired CEOs, by Arizona Business Magazine as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona and by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation as a “Profile of Change.”

Phil Francis

Philip L. Francis retired as Executive Chairman of PetSmart, North America’s leading pet specialty retailer. Prior to joining PetSmart in 1998, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc., headquartered in Massachusetts.

A graduate of the University of Illinois and the Indiana University Business School, he has 45 years of retail and wholesale experience in various leadership positions with Roundy’s, Cardinal Health and Jewel Companies. He was heavily involved in the Chicago, Columbus, Ohio and Boston United Way organizations, and served on the board of the National Retail Federation.

Mr. Francis serves as Chairman of the Board for Teach for America–Arizona. Additionally, he serves in the Greater Phoenix Leadership, and is on the ASU WP Carey School of Business Dean’s Council of 100. He serves on the Federal Reserve Board’s Western Region Advisory Council and is Chairman of UMOM’s (homeless) Patrons Board. Mr. Francis is on the boards of Carefusion and Supervalu, and is Governance Chair of each. He also serves on the board of the Arizona Voices Institute and Pharmaca (private) headquartered in Boulder, CO.

Beau Lane

As Chief Executive Officer of LaneTerralever, Beau Lane spent the past several decades growing LaneTerralever into one of the largest and most successful marketing and advertising agencies in the region. Under his direction, the agency received national and local recognition for its award-winning work. His knowledge and passion for the business helped attract numerous high-profile clients such as the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, National Bank of Arizona, Arizona Lottery, Cable ONE, Visit Phoenix, Arizona Cardinals, lnspirato and Boots/Walgreens.

Mr. Lane is the Phoenix Ad Club’s 2013 Ad Person of the Year. He is also a member of several boards and committees, including Greater Phoenix Leadership, Phoenix Community Alliance, World President’s Organization, Luke Air Force Base Honorary Commander, Phoenix Country Club, the Arizona Voices Institute and the American Association of Advertising Agencies.

Arthur B. Othon

Arthur Othon is President & CEO of El Bravo Sky Harbor, LLC, a family-owned restaurant that operates two Mexican food restaurants at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Previously, Mr. Othon worked for APS as a Senior Public Affairs Representative before he was promoted to Director of Community and Economic Development. In that capacity, he led a cross-functional team of employees that worked with communities and elected officials throughout Arizona to develop and implement programs that focus on economic growth and development.

Presently, Mr. Othon is Chairman of the Maricopa Foreign Trade Zone and Chairman of the Victoria Foundation, as well as serves on the board for the Arizona Voices Institute.

Eve Ross

Eve Ross is a former Chair of the AdvaMed Technology and Regulation Steering Committee, the founding Chairperson of the Northern Arizona Technology and Business Incubator (now NACET), and a merit reviewer for PCORI (Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute).

Ms. Ross also serves on a number of boards and committees, including the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy’s Board of Advisors, the Flinn Foundation’s BioScience Roadmap Steering Committee, the Flagstaff Community Foundation Advisory Board, Governor Jan Brewer’s Trade and Transportation Corridor Alliance, Senestech, LLC, and the Arizona Voices Institute.

Rick Shangraw

Rick Shangraw, Jr. is Chief Executive Officer of the ASU Foundation for A New American University. Prior to joining the foundation in November 2011, he served as ASU’s Senior Vice President for Knowledge Enterprise Development and Director of the Global Institute of Sustainability. He helped expand ASU’s annual $350 million research portfolio, which placed ASU among the top 20 research institutions in the country without a medical school.

Before joining ASU, Mr. Shangraw was the Founder and CEO of Project Performance Corporation, a research and technology consulting firm specializing in environmental, energy and information management issues. In just two years, he directed a team of more than 100 fundraising professionals that generated nearly $300 million in new gifts and commitments in support of ASU. In addition, the foundation has been awarded the premier four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the country’s largest and most respected evaluator of non-profit organizations.

Mr. Shangraw currently holds a Professor of Practice appointment with ASU’s School of Public Affairs within the College of Public Programs and the School of Sustainability. In addition, he serves on the board for the Arizona Voices Institute.

Carolyn Warner

For 30 years, Carolyn Warner, Founder and Chairman of Corporate Education Consulting, Inc. (CECI), has been recognized on state and national levels as an effective educational advocate and public policy leader. Ms. Warner served 12 years as Arizona’s elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the first non-educator to hold that post. In this position, she was a member and executive officer of the State Board of Education/Career and Technical Education, and served on the Arizona Board of Regents and the State Community College Board. In 1986, she was her party’s nominee for Governor of Arizona.

Proving there is “life after politics,” she received Congressional and Presidential appointments to the National Skill Standards Board and the White House Conference on Small Business, and was a Presidential appointee to the National Commission on Public Service. She currently serves on the board of Infilaw, the Children’s Action Alliance, the Arizona Voices Institute and the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence. Ms. Warner is National Treasurer of Jobs for America’s Graduates
–the nation’s most successful school-to-work transition program; Co-Chair of the Arizona Career and Technical Education Quality Skills Commission; and is past Chair of the United Methodist Foundation for Higher Education and past President of the Arizona Women’s Forum.

Warner is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Racial Justice Award–YWCA of the USA; Policy Leader of the Year–National Association of State Boards of Education; Carl Perkins Humanitarian Award–American Association for Career and Technical Education;
 and Distinguished Service Award–National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Carolyn Warner is the author of four books: Promoting Your School: Going Beyond PR; Everybody’s House–the School House; The Words of Extraordinary Women; and best-seller, The Last Word: A Treasury of Women’s Quotations.