Program Coordinator, Civic Health Initiatives
Madison Neanover joined the Center for the Future of Arizona in August 2017 as a Civic Engagement Assistant under The Arizona We Want Initiative. She supports the participatory budgeting program within Phoenix Union High School District where students are afforded the decision-making power over a portion of the district budget. Madison has worked in a volunteer capacity during Phoenix Union’s pilot year, when they became the first organization to implement participatory budgeting at a district level.
Madison is also a senior Public Service and Public Policy student within Arizona State University’s College of Public Service and Community Solutions. Her area of study focuses on sustainability policy and creative city development.
Why does working at CFA support what you are passionate about professionally?
CFA envisions a better future for all Arizonans – a mission that perfectly aligns with my area of study. I strive to create more resilient and thriving communities through my work by placing resident values and needs at the center. CFA has shown a long-standing commitment to the residents of Arizona through their efforts to advance the state’s education, economy, civic engagement, and development.
What do enjoy in your personal time?
I enjoy spending time with my two young children, Ryker and Rowan, and my partner, Max. We are self-identified foodies and love exploring the booming restaurant scene here in Phoenix. We are also fortunate to have our immediate family very close and enjoy spending weekends with our children’s grandparents, aunts, and uncles.
Why do you love Arizona?
I am a native Phoenician and my family has lived in Arizona for six generations. Arizona is my first love and I will always be enamored by its ever-evolving landscape and culture. Phoenix is a big city full of endless opportunities with a small town vibe. I love the people here, who are so diverse and compose a unique and welcoming community.