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.

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.


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.

Randall Holmes

Randall Holmes is long-time political activist. He volunteers with a variety of organizations, including the Democracy for America and Progressive Democrats of America. Randall has served as chair for the Election Integrity Committee Chair for the Democratic Party since 2005 and is also a leader on the Election Integrity Team for People Demanding Action.

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.

Paul Kulpinski

Paul Kulpinski is a visionary and creative leader, with proven success in fostering collaborative relationships among diverse populations. He holds a deep commitment to integrity, trust, community, ethical decision making, and empowering others toward their success. A resident and active community member in Flagstaff since 1989, Paul has over 12 years of experience in pubic education governance, policy and management. He currently serves as the Partnership Director of LAUNCH Flagstaff, a collective of cross-sector community stakeholders who have convened around the goal of improving educational outcomes for every child in Flagstaff from cradle through career using the framework of collective impact. Paul is also the creator of Spawning Fish, LLC a multi media production company on a mission to create content based on ideas and wisdom that inspire hope and compassion in humanity. He holds a degree in fine arts from New York University.