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August 2022

Our August update
Welcome to the August edition of our newsletter! We are hiring a new role, welcoming a new board member, and have new Arizona Voters’ Agenda resources to share.

Data Snapshot: Flip the Script to Increase Voter Turnout

Why It Matters:

Electing leaders aligned with Arizonans’ values relies heavily on participation. The more Arizonans are involved, the closer we can get to electing leaders who represent most Arizonans, their ideas, and their collective interests.

The Arizona Voters’ Agenda shows that the majority of voters care about and agree on many issues and actions critical to our state’s future. They want to hear candidates discussing the priorities outlined in the Agenda when considering whom they will support with their vote.

We can all encourage productive political dialogue and participation in the upcoming General Election among our networks. Download and share Arizona voters’ priorities and what candidates should address as they compete for votes.

Out Now: New Arizona Voters’ Agenda Materials

Together, we can center the priorities of Arizona voters in our elections. Browse our suite of materials on the Arizona Voters' Agenda– a data-driven guide to what the majority of voters prioritize and want to hear from candidates– to support your conversations, moderated forums, social media, and more.


CFA Welcomes Lisa Loo to Board of Directors

  We are pleased to announce Lisa Loo is CFA’s newest Board Member as of July 1, 2022. She joins us in her role at Arizona State University, where she is Vice President for Legal Affairs and Deputy General Counsel and has been making an impact for nearly 20 years. Lisa has long admired CFA’s mission and work and brings significant expertise, insight, and knowledge of Arizona to our Board.

Read more about Lisa.


We’re Hiring: Project Manager, College and Career Pathways, Western Maricopa County

Application Deadline: August 30, 2022

We are hiring a Project Manager, College and Career Pathways, to serve as regional lead for the organization’s Arizona Pathways to Prosperity (APTP) initiative in Western Maricopa County. The Project Manager is responsible for developing new regional partnerships, facilitating regional alignment between K-12 schools, higher education, and employers, and identifying opportunities to engage in pathways public policy. This position is ideal for candidates who have experience designing or teaching in college or career pathway systems.

Learn more & apply.


Seen & Heard: CFA Around the State

At CFA, we listen to Arizonans to learn what matters most to them, share trusted data about how Arizona is doing in those priority areas, bring critical issues to public attention, and work with communities and leaders to solve public problems. All of our work is to ensure that the public values we share are realized for all Arizonans by shaping and advancing The Arizona We Want. To do this, it is mission-critical to continuously engage with our partners and community members – here’s a peek at some highlights from our work in August:

15th Annual Rural Policy Forum: Bringing Leaders Together

Pictured: CFA Director of Workforce Development Holly Kurtz discussing the importance of job quality indicators in addition to salary on the panel, “Climbing Out of Our Box to Grow Rural Talent.”
  At the beginning of the month, CFA joined over 300 rural leaders and stakeholders in Winslow at the 15th Annual Rural Policy Forum, which connects rural economic development professionals, community leaders, business owners, nonprofits, and other rural stakeholders and advocates who are interested in sustaining rural communities.

Hosted by Local First AZ and Rural Development Council, the forum focuses on skill-building, networking, relationship development, and sharing best practices relevant to the unique needs, challenges, and services of rural communities in Arizona.

Kicking Off the 2022 Flinn-Brown Academy
  CFA President & CEO Dr. Sybil Francis presented to Flinn-Brown Fellows at the start of the 2022 Flinn-Brown Academy, the flagship program of the nonpartisan Arizona Center for Civic Leadership, an
Arizona Champion and valued partner of CFA.

She shared findings from CFA’s survey research on what matters most to Arizonans with the cohort of experienced civic leaders as they embark on this Fellowship to expand their knowledge, skills, and networks and ultimately help address Arizona’s long-term issues.

Meet the Leaders Townhall

Greater Phoenix Urban League (GPUL), an affiliate of the National Urban League that supports minority families and underserved populations, featured CFA President & CEO Dr. Sybil Francis at the return of their Meet the Leaders virtual monthly townhall.

She presented findings from CFA’s Gallup Arizona Survey and Arizona Voters’ Agenda and discussed how listening to Arizonans can guide decision-making for advancing our state amid unprecedented growth and evolution. We extend a special thanks to hosts George Dean, GPUL President and CEO and CFA Board Member, and Jerry McPherson, a Fellow of CFA’s Workforce Leadership Academy and close partner in our Workforce initiatives.
Catch the recording.

Congratulations to CFA President & CEO Dr. Sybil Francis for Being Recognized as a 2022 Leader of the Year

Each year, the Arizona Capitol Times recognizes leaders that have contributed to the growth of Arizona and we are thrilled to share that our President & CEO, Dr. Sybil Francis, was recognized as a leader in Public Policy! We also applaud the many other dynamic leaders recognized for working hard to improve quality of life for Arizonans.

View the full list of 2022 Leaders of the Year.

Recent News & Opinion: Arizona Voters’ Agenda

Vitalyst Spark Podcast

CFA Executive Vice President, Dr. Amanda Burke, recently spoke with Marcus Johnson, Director of State Health Policy & Advocacy at Vitalyst Health Foundation, about the Arizona Voters’ Agenda.

Listen to the Vitalyst Spark podcast episode.

Sunday Square Off: What Matters Most to Arizonans Might Surprise You

It's not "the wall." It's not tax cuts. The Arizona Voters' Agenda spotlights several state issues on which broad majorities of voters agree. Dr. Sybil Francis discussed with Brahm Resnick creating the Agenda and why one of its goals is to restore hope.

Watch the interview.
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