Director, Community & Economic Prosperity
Evelyn has over 30 years of experience in economic and community development, leadership, and civic engagement.
After 25 years, Evelyn retired in December 2014 as General Manager of Community Affairs at APS, the largest and longest serving investor-owned utility covering 11 of 15 counties in Arizona. Her area encompassed community relations, corporate contributions and volunteer programs, economic development, and strategic partnerships. She served in numerous leadership positions during her tenure at the company.
Previous to APS, her roles included nearly 10 years in municipal government serving as City Manager of Eloy and Town Manager of Marana; and Manager of Community/Client Development for the Western Gateway Team, an Arizona regional economic development group, serving five West Valley communities.
Evelyn is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) and serves on several statewide and regional non-profit boards. She has been recognized for her efforts in community service and economic development. Evelyn received her Masters of City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Why does working at CFA support what you are passionate about professionally?
Community development and civic engagement have been at the core of my professional career in private, public and non-profit sectors. The efforts at CFA and The Arizona We Want as well as working with local communities throughout Arizona continue to inspire me.
What do you enjoy in your personal time?
Reading, traveling, exploring Arizona, and spending quality time with family and friends keep life in perspective.
Why do you love Arizona?
Arizona continues to be a place of wide-open spaces and opportunity. I have learned the joys and challenges of working throughout the State for over 30 years. This privilege has given me a profound appreciation for Arizona’s diversity in geography, peoples, cultures and can-do mind-set.