Joel Edman - Executive Director
Joel Edman has been deeply engaged in Arizona's politics since his high school years, when he and his friends recruited a local non-profit executive named Trinity Donovan to run for the Chandler City Council. When she won, Joel was hooked on the idea that conversations between neighbors could change their communities for the better. That idea led him to work on campaigns for Congress, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, and Attorney General, as well as a stint with the Arizona Students' Association.
After graduating cum laude from Harvard Law School, Joel served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Scott Bales of the Arizona Supreme Court, a legal fellow with the ACLU of Arizona, and a law clerk to Judge Roslyn O. Silver of the U.S. District Court of Arizona. Joel holds undergraduate degrees in political science and history from Arizona State University, where he was a Flinn scholar.
Joel is a lifelong Phoenix Suns fan, and it probably says something about him that one of his earliest memories is of John Paxson's series-clinching three-pointer against the Suns in Game 6 of the 1993 NBA Finals. He hasn't been the same since.
Morgan Dick is the newest member of the AZAN team. Her passion for politics was sparked during her legislative internship with the League of Arizona Cities and Towns. Having a first row seat to the legislative process and the interaction between state and local governments motivated her to conduct original research for an honors thesis regarding civic engagement. Morgan is a native Arizonan who grew up in south east Phoenix. She is a recent graduate of the Honors College at Arizona State University with undergraduate degrees in political science and Spanish linguistics. Her Sun Devil story includes a semester abroad in Spain, hours walking backwards as a campus tour guide, and countless Saturday nights spent cheering on the Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. Aside from the political scene, Morgan is an avid sports fan. Her passion for ASU football has been lifelong, and she has not missed a home game since she can remember.