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Board of Advisors

Marco López EveryoneOn National Board Member | Co-Chairman, ArizonaOn

Marco A. López, Jr. is the President and CEO of International Business Solutions, Inc. (IBS), a business advisory firm that provides strategic business development and policy direction to both international and domestic organizations. He serves as Senior Adviser to the Chairman of Grupo Carso and The Carlos Slim Foundation, and previously served as U.S. advisor to the successful presidential campaign of Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto on topics of border security and safety, border trade and commerce, and economic development. Prior to founding IBS, Marco was Chief of Staff at the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), helping lead an organization with a $12 billion budget and 60,000 employees.

While at CBP, Marco was instrumental in developing key international partnerships that strengthened security while ensuring the efficient movement of people and goods into the United States. He counseled the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Commissioner of CBP on the implementation of new technologies, human resources, and infrastructure to help secure America’s Southwest border with Mexico. Additionally, Marco helped lead negotiations with eight Latin American countries to secure regional participation in an important aviation security program credited with helping identify and prevent the transit of dangerous people and cargo to the Western Hemisphere. Marco has worked with cabinet officials throughout the world including in Mexico, Canada, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, Chile, South Korea, Egypt, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.

Before joining DHS, Marco served as Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce. In Arizona, he held various capacities such as Senior Adviser to the Governor, Vice-Chair of the Arizona-Mexico Commission, as well as Policy Adviser for Mexico and Latin America. He also served as Executive Director of the Arizona-Mexico Commission. During his time at the Governor’s Office, he played a vital role in policy development regarding immigration, border security, and trade. As part of his key responsibilities, Marco helped establish important relationships between the State of Arizona and foreign governments and leaders.

Marco has had an accomplished career in the public sector. At the age of 22, he became one of the youngest mayors in the United States, elected into office at Arizona's largest border community of Nogales, Arizona shortly after graduating from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He was re-elected by an overwhelming majority of the vote in 2002, one year before being tapped by then governor Janet Napolitano to work at the Arizona State Capital.

A strong advocate of equal educational opportunities for all students, Marco is currently working towards bridging the digital divide in Arizona as Co-Chairman of the Board of ArizonaOn

Elizabeth Archuleta Board Member

Elizabeth “Liz” Archuleta is currently serving her fifth term on the Coconino County Board of Supervisors representing District Two. She is proud to be a public servant and is honored to be the first Latina elected to office in the history of Coconino County.

Liz has deep roots in Flagstaff and Coconino County, Arizona. She is a native of Flagstaff and fourth generation resident. Her history and knowledge of Northern Arizona is an invaluable asset to the Board. Supervisor Archuleta is very involved at the local, state and national level. She has numerous accomplishments, some of which include the establishment of a regional transportation system, several county outreach programs, community-led initiatives, public safety improvements, land use area-planning efforts and successful legislation passed at the state and federal level.

On the state level, Liz has served as the President of the County Supervisors Association, representing the 15 counties and county supervisors in the State of Arizona. Supervisor Archuleta has been the leader of discussions on water issues on the state level and in Northern Arizona, emphasizing the need for the development of regional solutions. As a result, she established the Coconino Plateau Water Advisory Council and has served as Chair for several years. During Supervisor Archuleta’s tenure, the CPWAC completed a water supply study, developed a water ethic, obtained congressional authority and funding for a feasibility study and has completed water modeling. She also served on the Governor’s Arizona Statewide Water Advisory Council. She has also testified on behalf of Arizona and Coconino County regarding the preservation of the Colorado River.

Liz has been instrumental in shaping public lands policy on the national level. As the Chairwoman of the National Association of Counties Public Lands Steering Committee (2007-2009), she led the successful reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act (SRS) and full funding of Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) for all counties. She has been active in discussions and initiatives including Economic Development, Water Adequacy, Immigration Reform, Forest Health, Childhood Hunger and Health and Developmental Disabilities. Supervisor Archuleta has testified before Congress on many policy issues and has presented at press conferences and congressional briefings.

One of the most challenging periods of Liz’s service has been the past few years dealing with the greatest disaster in the history of Coconino County – the Schultz Fire and Floods which severely impacted her district. Throughout the disaster, Supervisor Archuleta was the calm leader who led her district and its residents through the crisis. She was very successful in securing millions of dollars in funding to mitigate the flooding and the work she has done is recognized nationally as a model.
Liz has received many awards including the Athena Award recognizing her achievements as the most outstanding woman in Flagstaff and the statewide Valle del Sol Exemplary Leadership Award. During Arizona’s Centennial, Supervisor Archuleta was recognized as one of Arizona’s Latina Trailblazers.

Liz lives with her husband, Northern Arizona University Professor and Artist, Franklin Willis and their son, Demitrius Archuleta-Willis in Flagstaff, Arizona. They are fortunate that their parents, siblings and many members of their extended family also live in Flagstaff.

Victor Flores Board Member

A second generation Arizonan, Victor Flores was born in the mining town of Ray and raised in the mining community of Winkelman. He graduated from Hayden High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering from Arizona State University in 1976.

Victor’s professional career began as a design engineer at the same ASARCO copper smelting plant where his father, Joaquin, worked for more than 35 years. While construction and engineering have been integral to his professional life, Victor ventured into other areas as well. In the past, he was a partner in a small commercial contracting firm; he also owned and operated a retail bakery in the Town of Guadalupe. Recently retired, Victor worked in the field of public policy, serving as a Senior Government and Community Relations Representative with the Salt River Project (SRP) and Director of Executive Project with Arizona Public Service (APS).

Responsibilities included at the State level, monitoring and analyzing proposed and pending legislation affecting water, power and miscellaneous interests to the utility industry. In addition, at the local and Indian Community level, keep the pulse on proposed ordinance and code changes that might likewise affect both utilities. In short, develop new and nurture existing relationships with all levels of municipal, state, federal and Tribal organizations, including elected officials.

Regardless of job assignment, Victor always maintained a strong desire to participate in civic matters. He was an elected member of the Hayden-Winkelman School District Governing Board; served as President of the Guadalupe Chamber of Commerce; a member of the City of Phoenix Industrial Development Authority and Private Industry Council; the boards of Valle del Sol, the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the ASU Alumni Association; the Arizona Housing Commission and the Arizona Housing Finance Authority; the Arizona Center for Public Policy Advisory Council (ThinkAZ); the Valley of the Sun United Way and the Children’s Action Alliance.

Victor is a graduate of Valley Leadership, Class XXIII. He is a board member of the Arizona Mexico Commission where he served as President for 7 years; chaired the State of Arizona Transportation Board in 2013; is a current member of the Transportation Trade and Corridor Alliance as well as the Arizona Judicial Council.

Victor resides in Phoenix with his wife, Lisa, and daughter, Elena.

Dr. Chad Gestson Board Member

Dr. Chad E. Gestson was named Superintendent in February 2016 by the Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board. At the time of his appointment, he was serving as the district’s Interim Superintendent since August 2015. Prior to being named interim, Gestson served as the Director of School Leadership. In that role, he supervised and supported principals as well as developed future principals and assistant principals through an Aspiring Leaders program that he developed in 2014. He had previously spent five years as the principal of Camelback High School, where he established the first Montessori high school in Arizona, a comprehensive Advisory system, a Virtual Academy, and an engineering program.

Gestson served the Isaac School District for five years as an administrator before joining Phoenix Union in 2009, first as an elementary school assistant principal, and later as a middle school principal. A product of Teach For America, he began his teaching career in the Roosevelt School District in 2001. Prior to his public education career, Gestson was a commercial construction superintendent in Seattle, WA.

He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Washington, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from ASU, and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from NAU. In 2009, he completed his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from NAU where he was named the Outstanding Doctoral Student of the Year by the Arizona Association of School Administrators. Gestson is also proficient in Spanish.

Gestson, the 2013 PUHSD District Administrator of the Year, was a 2013-2014 Rodel Exemplary Principal, one of only seven in the state that year and the first ever high school principal in Maricopa County. In that role, he mentored aspiring leaders, particularly those who aspire to lead schools of low-income students. In 2011, Gestson won the Lead and Inspire Award, Urban High School Division, presented by ASU’s Office of Education Partnerships. He also won the award as a middle school principal at Carl T. Smith Middle School in 2008.

Gestson serves on numerous local boards and councils, including Expect More Arizona, ABEC (Arizona Business and Education Coalition), and Support My Club. He is the Co-Chair of Thriving Together, a collective impact organization in partnership with the United Way, Helios Foundation, and other educational and business partners. He also serves as the president of his church’s board of directors. He and his wife, Megan, currently a principal in the Roosevelt School District, founded and run Sponsors For Scholars (@SFStoCollege), a non-profit organization that supports under-resourced and under-represented high school and college students. They have two children, Olivia and Andrew, ages 11 and 8, respectively, and reside in Phoenix.

Derrick Hall Board Member

Considered by many to be among the leaders of the game, D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall has turned the organization into a model franchise within the sports industry and throughout the business world during his nine years at the helm of the club. Hall focuses the organization's efforts in five areas he has called the "Circle of Success" - fan experience, performance, community, culture and financial efficiency - each of which has seen tremendous growth during his tenure.

The success of the franchise during Hall's tenure has led to numerous honors, including ESPN the Magazine tabbing the D-backs as the top Major League franchise in 2013 and sixth overall among the 122 professional sports franchises in the publication's Ultimate Standings, which is based on eight categories on and off the field.
With a focus on creating the best fan experience in all of sports, Hall has succeeded in accomplishing that goal at both Chase Field and at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the D-backs' Spring Training home near Scottsdale. Stadium enhancements at Chase Field that have taken place under Hall's guidance include the APS solar shade structure and Game Seven Grill in the plaza area, new HD scoreboard in center field, the Sandlot on the upper level, the Miller Lite Diamond Club, All-You-Can-Eat Seats on the Insight Diamond level and value-item pricing at concession stands and Team Shop locations throughout the ballpark. Hall also installed, named and created a FAWTSY (Find A Way To Say Yes) customer service policy throughout the organization to further improve upon the extraordinary fan experience, while the team continues to offer the lowest Fan Cost Index in Major League Baseball.

Hall's leadership has helped guide the D-backs to two National League West Division Championships (2007, '11) and one NLCS (2007).

In the community, Hall has positioned the D-backs as one of the largest philanthropic entities in the Valley. In 2014, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and the D-backs' organization surpassed the $40 million mark in charitable giving since their inception in 1998, including more than $30 million in the past nine years under Hall's direction. During the 2013 Yarnell Hill fire, the D-backs were able to give back more than $700,000 on behalf of their fans to the families of the 19 firefighters who lost their lives. In 2008, Hall established the Michael Wogan Season Ticket Scholarship Program, a first-of-its-kind program for fans or existing season ticket holders who may have experienced a change in circumstances, providing families with more than 340 full season tickets for a value of more than $600,000 since its inception.

The unique corporate culture of the D-backs, which was created by Hall, led Yahoo! to deem the club as "the best workplace in sports." In 2013, the sports industry's highly-regarded recruiting network TeamWork Online tabbed him as the "Best Boss" in sports and the organization was named the "Most Admired Company for Workplace Culture" by AzBusiness Magazine and BestCompaniesAZ. Fittingly, the D-backs' physical front office was rebranded the D-backs Culture & Innovation Center in 2013. The organization's investment in its employees resulted in the D-backs becoming the first sports organization to be named among the "Best Places to Work" by the Phoenix Business Journal for seven consecutive years from 2007-13.

In 2012, with the intent to increase community volunteerism amongst D-backs employees, identify and develop leaders, and build upon D-backs culture, the team created the D-backs Give Back League. More than 100 employees joined to form nine teams with each creating a plan to reach into the community. The volunteer-driven league resulted close to $875,000 in cash and in-kind donations and several thousand volunteer hours.

Hall currently serves on 25 boards, including the Arizona Mexico Commission, Great Hearts Academies, Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau, National Vice President of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Advisory Council for Pancreatic Cancer, Stand Up 2 Cancer Melanoma Dream Team Sponsor, US Airways Education Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Positive Coaching Alliance. Hall, who is the current Chairman of the Board for the Valley of the Sun United Way, raised $47 million throughout the Phoenix area as the non-profit organization's 2009-10 campaign chairman. He has also raised money by serving as an event chairman for the Prostate On-Site Project (POP) Walk, 75th Anniversary March of Dimes, March for Babies Walk, The Wellness Center, several Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) events, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), St. Vincent de Paul, Florence Crittenton and the Foundation for Blind Children.
Hall, who serves on MLB's diversity committee and the Commissioner's on-field diversity task force, gives numerous keynote speeches to various groups or conventions throughout the country about his unique vision on leadership, customer service and culture. He has spoken to U.S. Air Force Academy cadets at the annual National Leadership and Character Symposium. He donates all speaking engagement fees back to the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and other local non-profit organizations he supports.

He faced his greatest personal challenge when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in September 2011, just as the team was battling for a division title. Hall immediately went public with the diagnosis in order to encourage other men to get tested after age 40. Following successful surgery to remove his prostate, Hall is now cancer free and has become a tireless advocate of cancer-fighting charities while continuing to speak publicly about the health challenge he faces. In 2014, he will launch his own 501(c)(3) organization, the Derrick Hall Pro-State Foundation, which is dedicated to serving as a comprehensive tool for those who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families to help them understand the challenges and choices they face and how they can maintain a "pro" state of mind.

Hall and his wife, Amy, reside in Paradise Valley with their children Logan, Hayden and Kylie.

Ed Pastor Board Member

During Ed Pastor’s 23 years in Congress, he built a reputation as being a champion of Arizona and a “man of the people.” A master of the legislative process, Pastor served on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, where he was a subcommittee chairman. His leadership was pivotal in securing federal funding for many important Arizona water, transit, airport and education programs. His contributions and legacy have made for a brighter future for Arizona.

Pastor held several leadership positions in the Democratic Caucus, including serving as a Chief Deputy Whip and as a member of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. He was also Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. Additionally, Pastor has served on the boards of several community organizations, including Chicanos Por La Causa, Friendly House, National Council of La Raza, Los Diablos Alumni Association and Valley of the Sun United Way.

Pastor was born in the small mining community of Claypool, Arizona. He is the oldest of three children and the first member of his family to attend college. He graduated from Arizona State University in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry. Upon graduating, he became a chemistry teacher at North High School. With a solid education and a commitment to giving back to his community, Pastor later went on to serve as the Deputy Director of Guadalupe Organization Inc., a nonprofit community-based organization. His community work motivated him to enroll in the College of Law at ASU where he received his Juris Doctor in 1974.

Pastor then joined Governor Raul Castro’s staff and worked on enforcing workers’ rights under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In 1976, he was elected to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors where he served three terms. Pastor won his race for Congress in 1991, becoming Arizona’s first Mexican-American elected to Congress. He was re-elected handily in every race afterward. In 2014, Pastor announced his retirement.

Pastor is married to Verma Mendez Pastor. They have two daughters: Laura, who is married to Henry Cotto, and Yvonne. They are the proud grandparents of Alexis, Frank, Eduardo and Sophia.

Lea Márquez Peterson Board Member

President/CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and its affiliate chambers in Douglas, Nogales and Sierra Vista, Arizona.

Lea has been an entrepreneur in our community for many years and has served as the President/ CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber since 2009. The Tucson Hispanic Chamber serves the business community in the bilingual, bi-cultural region of the Arizona-Sonora border and was recognized as the Hispanic Chamber of the Year in 2013 by the U.S Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The chamber represents over 1100 member businesses and is the largest Latino business organization in the State of Arizona. She previously served as the Executive Director for Greater Tucson Leadership (GTL) from 2005 to 2009 and owned and operated a chain of gasoline stations / convenience stores from 1998 - 2005 in the Tucson region.

Lea was appointed by the Obama administration to the National Woman’s Business Council (NWBC) in which she served for three years. The NWBC advises the President, Congress and the SBA on issues facing woman-owned businesses in the nation. She has been appointed by Governor Doug Ducey to co-chair the Arizona Zanjeros, a business leadership group formed to ensure the state continues to flourish economically by driving business growth and promoting Arizona’s extraordinary assets. She was selected to serve on Governor Doug Ducey’s Transition Team in 2014 and co-chaired the subcommittee on Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Trade. She is very active in the community and sits on the Boards of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Visit Tucson, Arizona Town Hall and the Pima County Workforce Investment Board. She currently chairs the Pima Association of Governments Economic Vitality Committee. She formally served as the Chairwoman of the Southern Arizona Business Roundtable, the Past Chair of the Southern Arizona Chamber of Commerce Alliance, the Founder and Past Chair of the Pima County Small Business Commission, the Chairwoman of the University of Arizona Hispanic Advisory Council and is a Past President of the Tucson chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Lea was recognized by the University of Arizona Eller College with a 2014 Extraordinary Woman in Business award , the University of Arizona Alumni Association with the 2012 Distinguished Citizen Award, the 2011 State of Arizona Minority Business Advocate of the Year, the 2009 Rising Star by the Hispanic Professional Action Committee, the 2008 Business Advocate of the Year by MED Week, a 2007 Woman of Influence by Inside Tucson Business, was recognized as a 40 under 40 recipient and honored with a University of Arizona Entrepreneurial Fellow award. In addition, she is a Flinn Brown Fellow and an Honorary Rotarian.
She received her undergraduate degrees in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona, and her Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. She is married with two children.

David Rousseau Board Member

David Rousseau is a fourth generation Arizonan whose family - drawn by the promise of irrigated agriculture - arrived here in the late 1800's. David's great-grandfather, LD Rousseau, served on the original SRP council, which successfully petitioned the federal government to build Roosevelt Dam under the newly adopted Reclamation Act.

The Rousseau family history parallels SRP's role through the evolution of metropolitan Phoenix growing from farm fields to the sixth largest city. A constant has been family involvement in the Valley's agriculture industry and in SRP governance. David's father, Bill Rousseau, served on the SRP board in the 1970's.

David was raised on the family farm and feedlot on the Valley's west side. Graduating from Tolleson High School and then the University of Arizona with a degree in agricultural business, he started work as a loan officer in Napa, California. He then returned home to form Rousseau Farming Company with his brother Will in 1986. The operation grew to become one of the largest produce companies in Central Arizona with over 10,000 acres and more than 20 commodities.

After serving on the SRP Council and Board for twenty years, David was elected SRP president in 2010. A highlight, both personally and professionally, his first year in office was to oversee the commemoration of Roosevelt Dam's first century. In this role as president, David continues SRP's tradition of putting customers first.

David has had the unique opportunity to blend his background in food with an interest in improving the community by helping those less fortunate through charitable service on the boards of St Mary’s Food Bank, New Pathways for Youth, Foundation for Blind Children, Phoenix Art Museum, and The Nature Conservancy. He also represents SRP's important role in the Arizona economy with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the Urban Land Institute, served as the 2015 Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Chair, as well as being involved with energy industry policy making through the American Public Power Association.

David is married to his college sweetheart, Diane. His daughter, Darby, graduated from The University of Oregon and is now teaching in DC through Teach for America and his son, Rankin, is currently a Sophomore at the University of Arizona.

John Wolfe Co-Chairman

John Wolfe is Senior Vice President & Region Manager of Cox Communications’ Southwest Region, responsible for the company’s overall operations in Arizona and Nevada. A 24-year Cox veteran, John joined the company’s Southwest Region in Phoenix in September 2014 after two years as Cox’s senior vice president and general manager of the Northeast Region. Prior to moving into operations, John was Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for Cox’s Northeast region, responsible for the development of government, public affairs and communications strategies for the company.

Prior to joining Cox, John was New England Director of Public Affairs for Times Mirror Cable Television. John joined Times Mirror in 1991 from the National Cable Television Association where he was Director of Public Information and served as the Association’s press spokesperson on public policy issues. Prior to joining NCTA, he was Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief for CableVision Magazine and Managing Editor for Arlen Communications, a Washington, D.C.-based telecommunications publishing and consulting company.

John is a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership and the Southwest Cable Communications Association. He was the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the New England Cable and Telecommunications Association. He is a two-term Past President of the Association of Cable Communicators (formerly known as the Cable Television Public Affairs Association), and in 2007 was awarded that organization’s Public Affairs Achievement Award for government affairs.

John earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and English from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He and his wife, Kristen, have recently relocated to the Phoenix area.