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Luis Acosta-Herrera’s background in Arizona politics spans almost a decade’s worth of advocacy. Most recently, he was the State Director for the Mike Bloomberg for President Campaign, but has had stops at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, the Arizona Chamber Foundation, Stand for Children Arizona, and Kyle Moyer and Company. Luis has helped candidates and initiatives at the federal, state, and local levels across the country.
Auggie Bartning is an Associate Broker at Mojica & Associates Real Estate. A native Phoenician, Auggie's grandfather was a pioneer cattleman in Arizona and his uncles have been Mayors of Nogales, which has prompted him to understand and strive to address community needs.
Auggie previously served as a Governing Board Member for the Maricopa Community Colleges and was actively involved in the Quincea Social Enterprise Initiative. He is a graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, a 2015 Flinn-Brown Fellow and a Public Member for the Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness.
David Fierro works for the City of Phoenix in the Public Works Department. He is currently on the facility asset management project team for Facilities Projects and Planning Division. He also owns a consulting firm, Ironside Consulting LLC.
David is a third generation Phoenician and graduate of Arizona State University where he studied History and Political Science. He has participated in Valle del Sol’s Hispanic Leadership Institute in 2017 and the Anti-Defamation League’s Glass Leadership Institute in 2019. He has served as a board member for the Legacy Foundation Chris-town YMCA, Ethos Academy CFA, and Acacia Lodge #42 F & AM of Arizona.
David resides in Central Phoenix and enjoys travel abroad, reading, live concerts, frequenting restaurants in every neighborhood of the valley and talking cryptocurrency with anyone who’ll listen.
Ne’Lexia Galloway currently serves as the Executive Director for the Maricopa County Democratic Party where she focuses on electing candidates for countywide positions.
Before joining Maricopa County Democratic Party, she previously served as the Black Outreach Representative for Congressman Ruben Gallego where she monitored, reviewed, and recommended policies that affect directly impacted communities. She has been successful in igniting passion and engaging others to build a more equitable community.
She has extensive political experience in developing campaign plans, field plans, and fundraising plans for individuals in electoral campaigns across the state of Arizona. Since 2018, she has trained the next generation of leaders in community and constituent engagement with Leading For Change and launched corporate programs with American Family Insurance to promote employee civic engagement.
Megan Greenwood is the Founder and Owner of Greenwood Brewing Company located in Phoenix, Arizona. Megan is an engineer and worked in manufacturing engineering for over a decade. After receiving a home-brew kit for her birthday in 2014, Megan started brewing regularly and built a microbrewery in her garage where she had 8 beers on tap! She began renting space from a local brewery, launching her flagship beers while she began construction of Greenwood Brewery. She opened her Downtown Phoenix Microbrewery and Beer Garden in July 2020 and her beer is now in over 200+ Restaurants and Retail Stores throughout Arizona.
Megan is very active in the community and strives to live by the brand pillars she’s created with Greenwood Brewing: Empowerment, Confidence and Inclusivity. Megan holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree, Spanish Minor, and International Business Certificate from the University of Iowa.
Cylee Gutting is the Director of Public & Government Affairs at Camelback Strategy Group, a political consulting firm. Prior to joining the firm, he worked for Greater Phoenix Leadership, an association of business leaders dedicated to advancing economic vitality and improving quality of life.
For nearly a decade, he has worked in government relations and public affairs helping individuals navigate government. He also worked for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry and has represented a number of candidates seeking public office.
He serves in leadership roles for several nonprofits including Braver Angels, Make America Dinner Again, Center for the Future of Arizona, and the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute for American Democracy.
Micah is an Arizona native and is currently working in the banking industry. He is a certified public accountant and obtained his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees of Accountancy from Arizona State University. When not at work or volunteering, Micah enjoys hiking, trying craft breweries and studying to be a private pilot.
Lane Schonour is the Vice President of Learning and Development for Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona (GCNA). He leads a talented team of experts who create and deliver world-class learning experiences in support of Goodwill’s mission to empower individuals, strengthen families and build stronger communities.
Lane has been a part of the Goodwill movement for over twenty years, and holds a doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning, a master’s in Human Resources Development, and a bachelor’s degree in History. Lane is pleased to support the work of Arizona Talks as they promote learning, dialogue, and community connection through vigorous civil discourse.
Jessie Young spent thirteen years in non-profit work as a pastor in Scottsdale and the Director of Community Engagement at Mesa United Way. As a pastor, she was especially interested in fostering connections between the church and the surrounding community, and helped design and implement the Forum, a series of discussion panels hosted in a local coffee shop that opened space for people from different religious, theological, and ideological backgrounds to learn from one another. At Mesa United Way, she continued working with the community by partnering with donors, sponsors, and volunteers to help support those in need.
After receiving her master’s at Harvard Divinity School, Jessie decided she wanted to continue her work in human services and people development in higher education. She currently works as a Training Manager at ASU’s EdPlus, training and onboarding new hire academic coaches for ASU Online’s student population.
Jessie is passionate about continuing her work outside of the church making space for people with diverse ideas to come together and share their stories and experiences. She looks forward to doing this work as a member of the Arizona Talks Advisory Board.
Dajana Zlatičanin is Deputy Director of Communications for the Arizona Senate Republican Caucus. She is an immigrant from Montenegro that moved to the United States in 2009 and has called Arizona home since 2010.
Dajana has worked in politics for nearly a decade and has gained extensive and valuable experience. Prior to joining Arizona Senate, she worked for the Arizona State Treasurer’s Office, Arizona State University, Arizona Republican Party, and various campaigns.
Dajana holds a bachelor and master’s degree from Arizona State University and is a Flinn-Brown Fellow. She is looking forward to using her expertise to advance the Arizona Talks’ presence in the media and further increase civil dialogue in our community.
As a young immigrant from Guadalajara, Mexico, Carlos grew up in the East Valley and has dedicated himself to promoting meaningful conversations and social change.
To many, Carlos is the go-to public affairs and policy events advisor in Arizona. As one of the most involved government relations professionals, he founded Arizona Talks to create new, unique spaces for discussion and rigorous debate on some of the most pressing issues. He brings his creativity and passion for conversation in leading the Arizona Talks team.
Jacob Pritchett is the Director of Communications for Arizona Talks and is responsible for the website and the overall communications strategy for the organization. He has been involved since nearly the beginning.
Originally from the state of Washington, Jacob relocated to the Valley of the Sun in 2012, where he now lives with his wife, Ashley.
Over the last ten years, Jacob has worked with numerous campaigns, nonprofits, and political organizations, and he has seen firsthand the effects of division and tribalism on American politics, which in turn has motivated him to participate in the Arizona Talks cause.
A generalist by nature, Jacob has years of experience as a customer success professional, a short-term rental owner/manager, and a web designer specializing in custom solutions for small businesses.
Jered Scrivner has had a 20-year career consisting of experience in hospitality, construction, and audio/visual/event production. He spent seven years as the North American Tour Manager for world renown guitarist, Pierre Bensusan, during which he put tens of thousands of miles on roads all across the country. As a result, there is very little of the country he has not seen and experienced.
Jered worked for an event production company based in New Hampshire and has taken part in producing campaign events for virtually every presidential candidate during the 2016 and 2020 election cycles. After nearly 18 gap years, Jered finished BA degrees in both History and Religious Studies from Arizona State University. He holds a deep reverence for both blue collar and academia. Jered is a staunch advocate for having at least as much skepticism for one’s own thoughts and in-groups as they do for their out-groups.
Ivana Venema-Nunez has worked for The Arizona Republic as an intern for the community relations team and previously as a reporter, assignment editor, social media manager and video/podcast producer for Northeast Valley News. She studied journalism and communication at Scottsdale Community College and now studies graphic information technology at ASU. Also, she is fluent in Spanish since living in Spain and Mexico during her childhood, and wants to use this to help the spanish-speaking business community in Phoenix. With her new business, Projections Media Co. — or Medios de Proyección (in Spanish) she wants to grow their online presence so that they can compete with the “big dogs”.