Education Forward Arizona is thrilled to launch the organization with support from the following organizations and people from across the state.

Helios Education Foundation
Jacqui Clay Superintendent of Schools, Cochise County
Rick Collins President, Western Division, Ryan Companies
Gonzalo A. de la Melena, Jr. Founder and CEO, Emerging Airport Ventures, LLC
Richard H. Dozer Chairman, Viad and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
John Fees Founder and Managing Director, NGI Group, LLC
John Graham Chairman and CEO, Sunbelt Holdings
Berdetta Hodge Governing Board Member, Tempe Union High School
Jennifer Holsman Tetreault Assistant General Counsel, Field Operations, West Region, US Foods
Chevy Humphrey Board Member, Education Forward Arizona
Paul Koehler, PhD Senior Director of Leadership Development and Outreach, WestEd
Shelley Mellon President/CEO, RL Jones Insurance
Jim Swanson President and CEO, Kitchell Corporation
Ricardo Valencia Partner, Luna Valencia Consulting
Patricia Welborn Board Member, Education Forward Arizona

What Our Partners Say

There are four essential ingredients for advancing education across Arizona: bold visions, noble aspirations, high expectations, and the courage to do the right thing for children. Education Forward Arizona will be a galvanizing force in advancing and advocating for these ideals and to fully represent the many voices in Arizona who seek the same.

Steve Seleznow, President & CEO, Arizona Community Foundation

We are thrilled for the launch of Education Forward Arizona. We believe that their work will be crucial in strengthening Arizona’s P20 education system. ALL In Education looks forward to partnering with Education Forward Arizona and working together to achieve our common goal of improving educational outcomes for underserved students in Arizona. Through this work we will secure a higher quality of life and achieve economic success for our state and communities.

Stephanie Parra, Executive Director, ALL in Education

This initiative is a giant leap forward in leveraging the strengths of many Arizona organizations, across different sectors to align and advance our common goal, raising Arizona’s educational attainment, and further developing our workforce, economy, and overall quality of life. Our shared commitment to these outcomes will create common focus, common ground, and more success together.

Manuel O. Valenzuela, Ed.D., Superintendent, Sahuarita Unified School District

This is an exciting time as Education Forward Arizona launches its collective work to advance Arizona’s P-20 education system. At First Things First, we know that children can’t climb the ladder of school success if the first rung is broken. Building a strong foundation in the early years is critical, and we look forward to partnering with Education Forward Arizona to amplify the importance of learning across all ages, beginning at birth. The leadership of Education Forward Arizona will be instrumental in helping education supporters across the state promote educational excellence.

Joshua J. Allen, Interim CEO, First Things First

Arizona has been fortunate to have these three organizations supporting education across the state. Merging all three groups will strengthen their work even more and provide the opportunity to enhance their messages through collaboration. I am grateful for their work to inform and advocate for all Arizonans to have access to world class education.

Colleen A. Smith, Ph.D., Education Committee Chair, Northern Arizona Leadership Alliance, President, Coconino Community College