To elect Democrats up and down the ballot within Maricopa County.
The Maricopa County Democratic Party (MCDP) works to elect Democrats across Maricopa County. We recruit, train, and promote Democratic candidates in Maricopa County to ensure Democratic values shape policy across the country’s largest battleground county.
To further this vision, MCDP works to:
Trabaja para aumentar el número de votantes demócratas registrados
Recluta, entrena y promueve a los demócratas registrados como candidatos para cargos electivos; apoya sus campañas y les ayuda en sus cargos.
Procura y promueve elecciones precisas, transparentes y justas
Se esfuerza a sacar el voto
Lleva a cabo otras actividades, según sea adecuado, para fortalecer y promover las metas y objetivos del Partido Demócrata
Recauda fondos para apoyar las actividades mencionadas y para avanzar en nuestra misión
LO QUE REPRESENTAMOS
El Partido Demócrata del Condado de Maricopa ha desarrollado la siguiente plataforma - una doctrina viva que puede ser ajustada y modificada según los tiempos. Estamos de acuerdo en que estos importantes objetivos se alinean con los principios de nuestro partido y constituyentes diversos.
- Diversity and equity for all are what strengthens our communities and party.
- Private, for-profit prisons must be eliminated.
- No border wall. No immigration ban. Stop the deportations. No human being is illegal.
- Every citizen has the right to vote.
- People’s voices and grassroots movements to elicit change cannot be ignored. The right to peaceably protest must be protected.
- We must overturn “Right to Work” and build strong unions (both private and public sector) that will help provide better living wages for workers. Ban the box!
- We believe in a strong separation of church and state.
- Public education must be properly funded and teachers should receive the pay they deserve. Public schools are our priority – not vouchers.
- The right to call for referendum is vital to free society.
- Climate change is real. It must be addressed immediately.
- Black Lives Matter.
- We support common-sense gun reform which includes a ban on assault weapons, studying gun violence as a public health risk, and no guns for domestic abusers.
- All People should have equal status and protection under the law regardless of gender, race, disability/ability, religious affiliation or lack thereof, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
- Women’s rights are human rights. The right to choose is essential to women’s rights.
- Disability rights are civil rights. A barrier-free, inclusive, diverse community empowers and values each individual while creating autonomy, opportunity, and dignity.
- Healthcare is an inalienable right and there should be universal healthcare for all.
- Higher education is not a luxury. College, trade schools, and universities should be, as stated in the state constitution, as “nearly free as possible”.
- We support the rights of all tribal people and their sovereignty rights.
- Corporations are not people. Dark money must be removed from politics.
- We support net neutrality. The internet must remain free from corporate control.
- Equal pay for equal work.
Junta Ejecutiva del MCDP
Alejandro nació en Los Ángeles, California, de padres inmigrantes de Hermosillo, Sonora, México. Se ubicaron en Phoenix, Arizona, en el oeste de Phoenix, donde asistió a la escuela por primera vez y aún hoy vive. Es un empresario, ex candidato legislativo, y forma parte de la Junta Ejecutiva del Partido Demócrata del Distrito Legislativo (LD) 30 como Segundo Vicepresidente.
Habiendo vivido en una comunidad que se enfrentaba a una gran desigualdad y seguía viendo recortes en la financiación de la educación, programas extraescolares, infraestructura, y que también se enfrentaba a los ataques del departamento del Sherif, Alejandro comenzó a involucrarse políticamente. Comenzó como voluntario activo en la campaña "Adiós Arpaio" después de que se promulgara la ley SB1070. En 2018 se postuló para la Cámara de Representantes de Arizona para representar al distrito en el que se crió. A pesar de no haber ganado, la entrada de Alejandro en la carrera contribuyó a la mayor participación de votantes en el Distrito 30. Hoy en día, está plenamente empeñado en acrecentar el poder en su comunidad y en todo el estado para mejorar la calidad de vida de todos.
Heather, an IT professional, became involved in politics when a friend asked her to put her nerd credentials to good use by becoming her Congressional campaign Treasurer in 2017. Enticed by the glamour of spreadsheets and rule interpretation, she found her niche putting her technical skills to use getting Democrats elected. She engaged in local politics, becoming a PC, East Region Coordinator, and then Treasurer for LD24, where she recovered missing funds and brought district reporting into compliance. Heather also proved her ability to run field efforts by turning out more Dems than ever before in the 2020 General Elections.
Redeem Robinson is a minister, activist and community organizer. He is the founder and pastor of Ebenezer Church – PHX, a new church plant in Phoenix that’s inclusive and affirming for those who identify as LGBTQ+. He has also served in many ministry positions in Tucson, AZ, Baltimore, MD, Eastern North Carolina, Minneapolis, MN, and the Seattle-Tacoma Washington area and has been active in community activism in most of these places. Robinson has a major passion for fighting for justice, equal rights, fighting against poverty, being the voice for the oppressed, and standing up to those who wish to oppress others. He has been active in the Black Lives Matter movement in Tucson and Phoenix. He started the Black Lives Matter Chapter in Tucson in 2015. In 2019, Robinson started the Black Engagement Committee for the Maricopa County Democratic Party and also served as the Deputy Political Director for the former presidential candidate and billionaire, Tom Steyer. Robinson has also worked on many other political campaigns for federal and statewide races, helped organize around immigrant rights, the impeachment of Donald Trump with Need to Impeach, and around police accountability. Recently, he was the Black Outreach Campaign Manager for Arizona Coalition for Change which helped increase Black voter turnout in Arizona by 11%. On November 3, 2020, Robinson was elected to the Governing School Board in the Balsz School District in East Phoenix.
Jade ha pasado toda su vida cuidando y dedicándose a la gente de su comunidad. Es la mayor de sus hermanos, líder en su comunidad y un modelo a seguir para sus compañeros; cuando se le pregunta qué es lo que le apasiona, responde "la defensa de aquellos que no pueden defenderse por sí mismos.” Frente a la mortificación de su esposa, dedica todo su tiempo disponible a ayudar a los necesitados, ya sean solicitantes de asilo maltratados por el ICE, refugiados del Oriente Medio, jóvenes en situación de riesgo, personas con discapacidades o cualquier miembro de la sociedad insuficientemente representado. Evidente por su profesión elegida de Ingeniería de Dispositivos Médicos, es técnica, minuciosa y eficiente en todos los aspectos de su vida. Específicamente, debido a que siente un impulso tan intenso por ayudar a los que la rodean, a menudo se olvida y trivializa el abogar por sí misma. Por eso su esposa, Roda, tuvo que escribir esta biografía en su lugar. ¡Hola a todos!
Personal del MCDP
Maritza Miranda Saenz
Maritza es la orgullosa hija de dos trabajadores agrícolas que le inculcaron el sentido de responsabilidad para cuidar a su comunidad y de ser una defensora de los demás. Actualmente, Maritza sirve como la orgullosa Directora Ejecutiva del Partido Demócrata del Condado de Maricopa (MCDP) donde ha trabajado desde 2017, sirviendo primero como Directora de Operaciones. Ella es la ex Presidenta del Comité de Alcance a la Comunidad Latina del MCDP y ex Vicepresidenta del Distrito Legislativo 27.
Directora de Campo
Laura ha servido como Directora de Campo del MCDP desde principios del 2016. Su trabajo en el MCDP también incluye la formación de comités de distrito/voluntarios y ha entrenado a más de mil personas durante sus años de participación en el Partido Demócrata. Laura fue Presidenta del MCDP y Presidenta de su distrito legislativo en Scottsdale y Fountain Hills. Le apasiona elegir a los demócratas en todos los niveles y sabe que un buen programa de campo puede mover la aguja lo suficiente como para ganar unas elecciones reñidas.
Director de Comunicaciones
Edder ha estado involucrado en el mundo de las organizaciones sin fines de lucro y de promoción comunitaria desde 2011. Primero fue un organizador de campo, pero pronto hizo la transición a las comunicaciones durante su primera campaña política. Habiendo producido y presentado su propio programa de radio en el pasado, era natural en este papel. Poco después de algunos períodos en varias organizaciones comunitarias, volvió a los estudios y se graduó de la Universidad Estatal de Arizona (ASU) en la primavera de 2018. Anteriormente trabajó con organizaciones como Promise Arizona, Mi Familia Vota y One Arizona.
Presidentes de Distritos Legislativos (LD) del MCDP
Chris Miller has been a lifelong Democrat and a native of Arizona. Since moving into LD1 over 20 years ago, he was not involved in politics as the area was super red. In 2017, the Presidential election changed his mind to get involved and highly engaged in the local LD. After registering as a PC and taking on the Precinct Captain role for the Majesty Precinct, he was elected to the LD1 Board as First Vice Chair. In 2020, Chris was focused on Election Day work efforts and working through the Field Ops plans during this vastly different election. LD1 had a 90.3% Democratic turnout, the highest ever recorded in the LD. For his day job, Chris also handles a large portfolio for an international technology company focusing on 5G technology and security. He has been traveling internationally for many years and works with people from over 50 countries on a daily basis usually starting his day around 3am. In his spare time, Chris volunteers his time as a Scoring Services Chairman at the Charles Schwab Cup golf tournament(November) and works with the Pac-12 Conference to handle basketball replay during games. Chris and his wife Jill were also highly involved working with asylum seekers housing over 300 asylum seekers at the beginning of 2019. Chris’ goal is to retire early and travel the world extensively with his wife Jill while continuing to make Arizona solidly blue!
Greetings …. I am Rep. Dr. Gerae Peten until Jan. 10, 2021
I thank you all for your incredible support in my re-election campaign. We ran a good fight.
Basically, my Career has been in the helping profession of teaching and being a servant leader. With your support, I can continue that work for LD4.
My passion is bringing people together to fulfill a common vision, with a strategic mission and goals planned for success.
As a Teacher, construction manager, Turn-Around Principal and retired School Superintendent I was able to recruit, unify and mobilize entire groups of individuals by creating incredible teams, to focus on what is best for us to reach our achievement goals. We created environments where ordinary people did extraordinary things. Failure was never an option.
Serving in the House of Representatives for LD4 has expanded my knowledge base and horizons as to what we can do when we are laser-focused and committed to specific outcomes.
Now is the time for me to give back to our community the expertise and lessons I have learned from 51 years as an educator, 12 yrs. of active political engagement, a founding member of Legislative District 4, over five years ago, and as their secretary for 2.5 yrs. as well as being your State Representative for 3 years.
It is an honor, privilege, and pleasure to continue serving our community as the LD4 Chair.
Alex is currently an innovator in the technology sector focused on smart cities and automated vehicles working with state government, corporations, startups, and universities. Alex has almost 20 years of leading corporate initiatives including community development, environmental efforts, and diversity and inclusion. Alex has a master’s degree in Political Science and has volunteered for several mayoral, city council, school board, and legislative district candidates helping with campaign strategy. In addition to his social justice efforts and non-profit experience, Alex has extensive public administration experience serving as an appointed official for the Bloomington (IL) Cultural Commission, Bloomington (IL) Public Library Board, and Gilbert (AZ) Citizens Transportation Task Force. As the son of Colombian immigrants, he is a proud supporter of Public Broadcasting and a product of public schools, bilingual education, and city parks and recreation programs. Outside of work and family, Alex is a soccer coach and enthusiast who lives and breathes for the beautiful game.
After serving in the Navy, Gene spent 37 years in the global pharmaceutical packaging industry and now serves as an industry consultant. A strong believer in community, he has coordinated and led events for the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity & other service-based organizations. He has been politically active since being a teenager. A resident of Buckeye since 2017, where he is a PC in Sun City Festival, he served as Chair of LD13’s Outreach Committee before joining the Board as 2ª Vice Chair in 2019. LD13 continues to focus on registering voters, increasing engagement, and working to elect candidates who embrace Democratic values in the West Valley. Gene and his wife, Jan, have three adult children and are planting roots here in Arizona after numerous career relocations.
Joyce O’Daniel joined LD15 in 2012 as a PC. She began her board service as Secretary in 2013. She has continued her board service as Second Vice Chair since 2014. During her tenure, the LD has grown from 12 PC’s to 110. Recruiting, training, and onboarding PC’s have been her primary focus as Second Vice Chair. She has assisted the Chair on a regular basis, attending County meetings in her place and advising the Chair.
Joyce has volunteered as a canvasser and phone banker for LD candidates, attempting to turn the LD blue by electing legislative candidates. She has worked toward electing all Democratic candidates up and down the ballot in every election since 2012.
La recién elegida presidenta del Distrito Legislativo (LD) 16 es Sharon Stinard. Ella es residente del Valle Este desde hace mucho tiempo y fue candidata a la Cámara de Representantes de Arizona en el 2016 y el 2018. Es una educadora jubilada de 42 años con 22 años en el aula de la escuela secundaria y 20 años trabajando al nivel de la universidad comunitaria. Sus habilidades de liderazgo se han desarrollado a través de su participación como funcionaria electa en varias juntas directivas de organizaciones sin fines de lucro y de servicios. El programa de refugio para mujeres víctimas de violencia doméstica en el en el extremo oriente del valle, que ella fundó, recientemente celebró su 20th º aniversario. Ella espera con interés la creación de un equipo de activistas demócratas en LD16 que disfrutarán trabajar juntos para elegir a los demócratas y hacer crecer nuestro partido en Arizona en los próximos años.
Steve Weichert was elected Chair of LD 17 Democrats in November 2020. After running his own hard fought campaign for the Arizona State Senate in 2018, Steve shifted his focus and worked as the campaign manager for Jennifer Pawlik and AJ Kurdoglu in the 2020 campaign cycle. Steve’s proven leadership abilities and experience as a PC in the Lantana Canyon precinct will be crucial as we head into the 2022 election cycle and the pending redistricting process.
Born and raised in San Jose, California, Steve has called Chandler home since 2003. His passion for serving his community and improving educational opportunities in Arizona is only surpassed by a commitment to be a model husband to Maria and father to his two daughters. In his spare time, Steve and his family love spending time with extended family and friends, making music, volunteering in the community, and experiencing all the beauty that is Arizona.
Alison Porter went to school in Tempe, after her family moved there when she was a child. Her parents set an example of demonstrating a commitment to their communities – her mother was a teacher, and while teaching in Guadalupe, assisted in formation of a town in the 70’s, and her father worked at the Phoenix Urban League around the same time.
Devin comenzó a trabajar como organizador comunitario en 2012. Tan sólo en ese año, ayudó a registrar a más de 34.000 nuevos votantes minoritarios quienes participaron en todo el ciclo electoral de 2012. Ese éxito continuó en 2013, ya que Devin se desempeñó como organizador comunitario en todo el sur y el oeste de Phoenix, trabajando para aumentar la participación cívica en las comunidades de color. En 2014, Devin se postuló para un puesto en la Junta de Gobierno del Distrito Escolar Tolleson Union High School, en la cual Devin ganó su elección y fue votado como Vicepresidente por sus compañeros de la junta. Además de servir como miembro de la junta escolar, Devin también fue elegido en 2015 para servir como Director Regional del Pacífico para el Consejo Nacional Negro de miembros de la junta escolar. Como Director Regional del Pacífico, supervisando 5 estados, Devin trabaja para aumentar el rendimiento académico de los grupos étnicos y raciales minoritarios.
Eric Shelley has been active with the Maricopa Democrats since 2008. After getting his feet wet working as a volunteer and activist for several campaigns in 2008, Eric ran as a candidate for Arizona State Senate in 2010 and again in 2012. That experience helped Eric understand what works – and what doesn’t work – when trying to elect Democrats in Arizona. Between his two runs for the legislature he held the office of Chair of LD 7 in 2011 (North Phoenix/Scottsdale/Cave Creek).
Since 2012 Eric has begun helping various candidate & committees better understand their voter universe through data analysis and mapping strategies. Eric favors a numbers-driven approach to improving Democratic election success. Eric believes in helping PCs and other activists “build their army” of voters in their neighborhood to turn streets, precincts, LDs and communities blue everywhere possible.
First and foremost I’m a proud Latino, a proud American, and an even more proud resident of LD 21. I am 20 years old and currently working on a major in Political Science at ASU West. I was born and raised in LD 21. My family has lived in the community since the 1950s. We have seen the district grow from dirt ranches and crop fields. I volunteered for my first campaign at 16 during the election of former Surprise Council Woman Rachel V, who remains a personal friend and mentor.
In 2018 I was hired as the full-time field director for Gilbert Romero’s state house campaign and personally knocked on thousands of doors within 21. I dedicated my heart and soul to the election. I also was responsible for coordinating efforts with several local campaigns throughout the district which gave me close personal relationships with elected officials such as mayor Alexis Hermosillo of El Mirage.
In the 2020 we saw history made in our state but came up short in 21. I believe because of who I am, my experience and my deep roots in this community. I can successfully work to bring in those voters who are critical to flipping this district. I see those voters that we need to bring in as being large Latino and largely young. As chairman I will work to reach out to those groups and bring them into the political process.
Cheri was a public servant for 30+ years in Arizona. In 2018, she became a volunteer, then a PC for the West Wing precinct, where she learned the value of canvassing and increasing the number of voters on PEVL.
In 2019, she joined the LD22 Executive Board as First Vice Chairwoman where she focused on recruiting volunteers and collaborating with other organizations to work on specific GOTV projects. As the newly-elected Chairperson, she is ready to serve and build on past successes, to increase LD22’s capacity to reach beyond our base, and inform voters why local candidates are relevant to our neighbors’ day-to-day lives.
Victoria has been an LD23 PC since 2017. She was the facilitator of the LD’s strategic plan in 2019 and joined the LD23 board later that year as the VC of Organization Development. In that role, she recruited PCs, trained them and engaged them throughout the election cycle. She developed & conducted training programs & authored weekly tips – small bites of training – which ran for over a year. She stopped at tip #55 when she was elected to be the LD Chair.
Victoria’s prior experience includes over 20 years as a Human Resources executive, working for the US Army as a civilian, teaching at an Illinois Community College, social work with delinquent & pre-delinquent adolescents and, more recently, graduating from the Botanical Garden’s Desert Landscape School.
She lives in Scottsdale with her crime-fiction-writer husband, James L. Thane and their cat Zane Grey.
Deborah’s role as president of an executive assistant company allows her to be fully submersed in Phoenix metro events and nonprofits. She is also an instructor for the FEMA Community Emergency Response Team training program and a certified trainer for the Department of Homeland Security Stop the Bleed program.
Deborah became involved with Legislative District 24 in early 2017 and quickly organized her precinct and the East region. Deborah accepted the Field Director position on the board in February 2018. Since then, Deborah has implemented a training series to ensure consistent and continuous training for new and seasoned PCs. Deborah enjoys her work on the board, striving to engage and remove barriers for all communities in LD24.
Iain Hamp has served in roles within the Democratic Party since 2017, first as a Precinct Committeeperson and then as First Vice-Chair of his Legislative District, before being elected as Chair of LD25 in November of 2020. He is a tenacious advocate and supporter of local Democratic candidates, and believes we are at our best (and give ourselves the best chance to win) when we drop our egos and serve whenever and wherever the work of electing Democrats needs us.
Professionally, Iain is a data analyst and business systems consultant. Prior to being involved in political volunteer work, Iain was heavily involved in non-profit leadership. He has served on the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Arizona, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, and Arizona Forward, and in 2015 he was the founder and founding chair of the Phoenix Community ToolBank. Outside of the Democratic Party, his political volunteerism has also included board service with Save Our Schools Arizona and providing ongoing support to Civic Engagement Beyond Voting.
Iain resides in Mesa, Arizona with his wife, his dog, and his chickens. He loves the people of Arizona, he wants to help them have happier, healthier lives, and he believes the Democratic Party can help make that happen.
I am an Arizona native who grew up in Mesa, Arizona. I became fully active in politics in May of 2016 helping out the Hillary campaign doing everything I could do to get her elected. Talk about baptism by fire, the campaign had me canvassing, phone banking, registering people to vote, and then training the new volunteers.
After the devastating loss on 11/8/16, I knew that I couldn’t stop fighting for what I believed in.
In the many protests, marches, rallies, sit-ins, and die-ins that I have been a part of either as an attendee, Host or co-host, I know that I am not alone in the fight.
Since 2016 I have worked tirelessly as a volunteer to get Democrats elected throughout the valley.
I became a PC in 2017, a State Committee Member in 2018, and joined the LD26 Board as a 2nd Vice Chair in July 2019.
My goal as LD26 Chair is to work with our PC’s and volunteers by giving them the training and resources they need so we can build a better relationship with our Democratic/Independent neighbors.
When we have a strong relationship with our neighbors we help to elect our Democratic candidates and this is a win for everyone.
Patrick Brown es el presidente del Distrito Legislativo 27. Como progresista de toda la vida, los acontecimientos de 2016 animaron a Patrick a dejar el lado académico de la política y a involucrarse más en el proceso. Esto comenzó con su participación en el Distrito Legislativo 27 como miembro del Comité del Recinto, presidente de medios sociales, secretario del consejo y ahora como presidente.
Cuando Patrick no trabaja para que los demócratas sean elegidos para cargos oficiales, pasa su tiempo como voluntario, con la familia y jugando a los videojuegos.
Lucy started volunteering with DIstrict 28 Democrats the year before the fateful 2016 election, working to bring Representative Kelli Butler into the Legislature. She is a PC in the Lookout Ridge Precinct and was a Team Leader, has been the Vice Chair of Communications, started the LD28 Internship program, and was First Vice Chair. She is an active canvassor, knocking on almost 2000 doors in the 2018 cycle which brought Representative Aaron Lieberman into the Legislature. Lucy transitioned to phone banking and lit dropping for the 2020 cycle in support of the re-election of Representatives Lieberman and Butler, and the successful election of Senator Christine Marsh.
Mónica es una orgullosa nativa de Arizona de la séptima generación que creció en Glendale, Arizona. Su primer contacto con el activismo lo obtuvo participando en actividades de acercamiento a los votantes, al convertirse en registradora de votantes mientras estaba en el GCC (Glendale Community College), se involucró en el MEChA y más tarde sirvió como vicepresidenta.
En el 2012, Monica y su marido, Marshall, estaban ambos activos en su sindicato, AFSCME 2384. Fue allí donde se involucraron en varias campañas, incluyendo NO a la propuesta de ley 487, y las campañas de Steve Gallardo, Martin Quezada, y Richard Andrade. Esta actividad los llevó al LD29 donde inmediatamente se inscribieron para ser nombrados PC (Miembros del Comité del Recinto). En el 2014, Mónica fue elegida como presidenta y ha sido reelegida en los años siguientes.
Ser una funcionaria pública es un papel que Mónica toma muy en serio. Es miembro activo de AZPOA, AFSCME Local 2960, Pride-at-Work Arizona y delegada de MALF. Es miembro de la junta directiva del distrito escolar de Glendale, tesorera de AzLSBA y se graduó de HLI-West en el 2019.
Crystal Carrillo started her path in politics at a very young age. Being led by her grandmother, a public health nurse and union leader in Los Angeles, she learned early on the importance of social justice and empowering communities. Since then, Crystal has been a fierce advocate for women’s reproductive rights, immigration, healthcare access, sustainability, and criminal justice. She’s done work with grassroots organizations like LUCHA, Puente, Planned Parenthood, and the Abortion Fund of Arizona. She’s also volunteered on local and state campaigns since 2016 and in 2018, she took on a role as campaign manager for Matthew Marquez for State Senate in LD 20. Engaging young people and low-propensity voters in the district was the main focus in order to build long lasting change. She plans to continue this work into LD 30 to grow the district and empower Democrats for years to come.
In her off time, Crystal enjoys eating vegan food from her favorite local spots, taking naps with her dog son Koko, and watching Shark Tank with her partner Fernando.
Comités del MCDP
Imelda Ojeda es una trabajadora social, inmigrante y servidora comunitaria con años de experiencia trabajando en los sistemas de salud social y de comportamiento. Es una profesional en organizaciones sin fines de lucro, terapeuta de intervención para casos de reunificación familiar y es instructora de la escuela de trabajo social. Imelda es uno de los miembros fundadores de Latinx Therapist in Action Network, una red de profesionales de salud mental de Latinx que apoya la autodeterminación y la dignidad de las comunidades de inmigrantes. Imelda nació y se crió en Guadalajara (México) y, tras terminar la escuela secundaria, decidió trasladarse a Arizona para cursar estudios superiores. Es licenciada en psicología y tiene una doble maestría en trabajo social y administración pública de la Universidad Estatal de Arizona. Como trabajadora social y funcionaria pública, Imelda se esfuerza por seguir fomentando su pasión y su carrera en el sector público para atender las necesidades singulares de la población del suroeste.
Over the last 20 years, Warren has fostered diverse relationship capital that builds bridges for all people and forwards proactive change in our culture through servant leadership. As an influencer, he uses his voice to forward strategy and solutions in the community through faith-based and civic engagement projects. Warren ran as a strong candidate for Phoenix City Council in District 8 and inspired new voters with his platform.
Warren is a passionate pastor who preaches the gospel in a powerful way that ignites listeners to pursue their purpose. Being blessed to speak for thousands, he is one of the most sought after voices for churches, government organizations, and universities because of his dynamic delivery of culturally relevant messages. Warren is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and earned a Master of Arts in Ministry from Phoenix Seminary.
He is a chosen prominent leader of activist movements and conversations around social justice, diversity and equality, systemic racism and injustice, police accountability, foster care, women’s rights, immigration advocacy, and racial reconciliation. Warren started ProactiveJustice.com to provide solutions & strategies for justice, diversity, and equity education.
He holds awards as one of the “Top 40 diverse leaders under 40” from the Greater Phoenix Urban League Young Professionals. He is a 2018 recipient of the Arizona Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Living the Dream” award for his active work as a pastor and social justice advocate in the community.
Karl Gentles is a partner in The Gentles Agency, a strategic communications and public relations firm. With 30 years of corporate, political and nonprofit experience in the Phoenix community, Gentles leads the agency’s strategic direction for its clients that span multiple industries including banking, economic development, public policy, healthcare and others. Prior to forming the agency, Gentles served in executive leadership positions at USAA, Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), Bank One, and began his career as a staff assistant for U.S. Senator John McCain.
In 2020, Gentles was a Democratic candidate for U.S Congress to represent Arizona’s Sixth Congressional District.
In addition to his agency work, Gentles is the executive director of Back to School Clothing Drive, a 51-year old nonprofit that provides 25,000 elementary school students attending 260+ schools with new school uniforms, outfits and supplies. Their annual New Clothes, New Beginnings distribution event is the largest and most successful summer volunteer event in the state. The organization also runs a highly acclaimed and unique social enterprise that stocks onsite school clothing closets for students in need.
Gentles is a 2011 Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Fellow. He has completed executive certificate courses in Nonprofit Management from the Georgetown University Center for Nonprofit and Civic Leadership, and a certificate in social entrepreneurship from the INSEAD School of Business in Fountainbleau, France. He is accredited in public relations (APR) by the Public Relations Society of America.
A proud two-time Sun Devil, Gentles earned his master’s of business administration and bachelor’s of science in organizational communication from Arizona State University. His community involvement includes an appointment to the Arizona Corporation Commission, Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee, by a 4-1 vote of the Commissioners; Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Maricopa Integrated Health Systems Audit & Finance Committee; Black Chamber of Arizona; Grand Canyon University Honors College and Business College Advisory Boards; Phoenix Industrial Development Authority Past Director; Valley Leadership Class XV; FBI Citizens Academy; and Phoenix Citizen’s Police Academy. Gentles is a member of Sigma Pi Phi, Gamma Mu Boule, the Phoenix chapter of the nation’s first African-American professional fraternity.
Karl is married to Carla Wright Gentles, a 29-year U.S. Army Reserves (Ret.). Carla is the managing partner of The Gentles Agency, and a PhD candidate at Grand Canyon University. They have one son, Jordan Gentles, grandson, Jordan, Jr., and a Shih-Poo named Ever.