Board Members

Marie Provine

Dr. Doris Marie Provine is professor emerita in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University, having arrived to direct the School of Justice Studies in 2001. She holds a J.D. and a Ph.D., both from Cornell University. Her scholarship focuses on immigration policy, particularly at the local level. She is the principal author of Policing Immigrants: Local Law Enforcement on the Front Lines, which is about local enforcement of federal immigration policies and how they are undermine the community-based function of local policing. She is currently working on a book comparing local immigration policy in Arizona and New Mexico. Marie also serves on the boards of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Emeritus College at ASU. She volunteers with Mi Familia Vota.

Josselyn Berry

Josselyn Berry is the Co-Director at ProgressNow Arizona, an organization working year-round to promote progressive issues and public policy solutions, and hold elected officials accountable. She has vast experience in the political communications and digital field, working on a variety of issues around voting rights, healthcare, education and corruption. Prior to ProgressNow Arizona, Josselyn was Program Manager at Arizona Wins, a coalition focused on electing more progressives into office and building up its partner organizations. She was originally planning to become a journalist, but after interviewing young, undocumented organizers in Phoenix she decided to get into politics to make Arizona a better and more welcoming place. She lives in Downtown Phoenix with her boyfriend and lovebird; enjoys camping, trying new restaurants and tending to her collection of houseplants.

Serena Unrien

For the past 15 years, Serena has led nonprofit efforts to create change in Arizona and make measurable improvements in the health and livelihoods of Arizonans. She is currently the Director of the Arizona Partnership for Healthy Communities, a statewide collaboration of 30+ nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies with a shared vision that all communities in Arizona should be healthy places to live. Previous roles at the Arizona Public Interest Research Group and Arizona Students’ Association gave Serena experience in public policy, coalition building, and grassroots organizing, and helped her to realize the importance of an empowered and engaged citizenry. Her passions include teaching and practicing yoga.

Patrick McWhortor

Patrick McWhortor is President of Lead for Change, a consulting firm promoting effective leadership, and he was recently named CEO of Cosanti Foundation.  He has over 35 years of experience working with Arizona’s non-profit sector, including the experience of founding the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and leading the organization for ten years.  An alumnus of Arizona State University, McWhortor teaches non-profit, public policy, and political science courses there. He is formerly the chair of the National Council of Nonprofits and founder of NPower Arizona.  He has extensive experience on Boards, including the Herberger Theater Center and Arizona Town Hall.

Petra Falcon

Petra has over 25 years of non-profit and community leadership. She is the executive director at Promise Arizona, a non-profit that advocates for fair immigration policy, where as part of their Leadership Institute, they promote Latino leadership and encourage civic involvement in the Latino community. She pioneered “Movement Building” trainings that expanded youth civic participation.

Kathleen O'Brien

Kathleen directs The EMERGE Leadership Project, a charitable non-profit dedicated to training and mentoring green building professionals to be advocates. Her newest book “EMERGE: A Strategic Leadership Model for the Sustainable Building Community” was launched this year. She has experience working with government agencies, industry trade groups, and non-profit environmental groups on programs and policies that supported sustainable development initiatives.

 

Ruth (Bunny) Davis

Ruth (Bunny) Davis is a Boston College graduate and is a veteran of the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements.  After college she earned a Master’s in education and, later, a law degree from the University of Arizona. Her broad professional experience includes teaching at the elementary and college levels, counseling, and law practice. She was in-house attorney for the Tucson Unified School District, specializing in disabilities law. Ms. Davis serves on the board of directors of The Haven, a residential treatment center for female alcoholics and their families, and is active in candidate campaigns and community organizations.

Arizona Advocacy Network Foundation Board

 

Eric Ehst

Eric Ehst is the executive director at Neighbors Who Care and is the former executive director at the Clean Elections Institute and former president of Arizona National Organization for Women. Eric is an Air Force veteran with a 25-year career in aerospace engineering. He served as board member with the Valley Citizen’s League and on committees for the League of Women Voters, The American Association of University Women, Arizona Conservation Alliance, and Arizona Editorial Forum. He served as the election administrator and lead trainer at the southwest regional polling site for the 2011 South Sudan Independence Referendum, and regularly gives presentations on Arizona ballot measures and the citizens’ initiative process. Eric Ehst is a founding member of Arizona Advocacy Network and AZAN Foundation. He has a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and spent over twenty years directing the design, development and marketing of jet engines.

Mel Young

Mel Young is retired, after working as a Vanguard Registered Representative for 5 years and Development Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation for another 8 years. He is married with two grown daughters and currently volunteers as a Financial Coach with the New Leaf program with Mesa Community Action Network, or MESACAN. He also was a Radio Talk Show host 25 years.

Joshua Sellers 

Joshua Sellers joined the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in 2017.  He holds a JD and PhD from the University of Chicago and was Articles Editor of the University of Chicago Law Review.  Before joining the faculty, he taught at University of Oklahoma College of Law and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Syracuse University.  He clerked with Judge Rosemary Barkett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and was an associate at Jenner & Block in Washington DC.  His areas of research and teaching include election law, constitutional law and civil procedure.

Hugo Polanco

Hugo was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ and is a child of Mexican parents. His career thus far has consisted of nonprofit and political work. He first learned fundraising thanks to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, since then having worked at St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona before transitioning into political fundraising. His first foray into political fundraising was in the role of Finance Director of the campaign to elect Dr. David Garcia State Superintendent of Public Instruction in Arizona. Hugo then helped launched a political 501(c)4 nonprofit with Terry Goddard, former Phoenix Mayor and Arizona Attorney General. Most recently, he managed the successful campaign of Adrian Fontes, the new Maricopa County Recorder, and is now the Development Director for the Maricopa County Democratic Party. In his free time, Hugo volunteers his skills for nonprofits, takes pictures, hikes, plays tennis, and attends live local shows.