Lin Phillips assists CFA’s co-founder and Founding Chair Emeritus Lattie Coor. She held administrative support positions at ASU for nearly twenty years before joining CFA in 2002. Lin was a medical assistant prior to her administrative experience and earned her Associate of Arts from Mesa Community College in 1974.
How is CFA’s work important to you?
CFA’s efforts to bring data and opportunities to impact issues of importance to Arizona citizens. We have worked diligently to identify areas of concern and to bring people together to address the issues. I am proud to be part of an organization whose mission is to make Arizona a better place for as many people as possible.
What do you love about Arizona?
I love the climate, open spaces and the variety of beautiful places in Arizona.
What’s your story? What was your path to CFA?
My path to CFA started with being an Administrative Assistant for 20 years in the ASU President’s Office. I left the Tempe Campus to provide administrative support to Dr. Lattie Coor as he transitioned from the presidency of ASU to co-founding CFA as a non-profit organization. I was one of the original employees of CFA, along with Dr. Coor and Dr. Francis. As the only support staff, I had to learn new skills and be ready for anything. It was a great growth opportunity!
When did you first consider Arizona home to you?
I have lived in Arizona since I was 4 years old and consider it my home as much as if I was a native Arizonan. I didn’t always appreciate the desert climate, but now I don’t see myself living anywhere else.
How do you hope to impact Arizona through your work at CFA?
I enjoy problem-solving, being proactive in providing support, and hopefully making it easier for those that I support to do their work.