Paisley M. Benaza, MBA, is a communications strategist, Ph.D. student, and popular culture thought leader for social justice, diversity, and inclusion. She earned her MBA from Georgetown University and her BA in Broadcast Journalism and Communication and the Entertainment Industry minor from the University of Southern California.
In her second year as a doctoral student at the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, she is earning a graduate certificate in Socio-Economic Justice at the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University.
Paisley served as the 2018 Academy Operations Leader at the ASU Congressman Pastor Center for Politics and Public Service, which established her personal and professional mission for empowering youth. She was in charge of redesigning the curriculum, leading a team of ASU undergraduate students, and producing the Public Service Leadership Academy for admitted high school students all over Arizona.
As an activist scholar, Paisley serves as the Downtown Phoenix graduate student representative on the Committee for Campus Inclusion and is the Arizona Pathways to Prosperity Graduate Research Assistant at the Center for the Future of Arizona.
Why does working at CFA support what you are passionate about professionally?
I believe in the Pathways to Prosperity because it is an ideal model that allows me to leverage my MBA with my doctoral audience research to impact Generation Z because our aim is to create seamless educational, training and credentialing opportunities for students that are aligned with industry needs in high-demand, high-growth industry sectors.
What do you enjoy in your personal time?
I love to travel, dine out, and binge-watch television shows and movies!
Why do you love Arizona?
I love Arizona because my brother transferred to pursue law school here and it’s important to me to have family close when you relocate. It’s also one of the few cities that has a major league team in every sport!