The membership of the Arizona Association for Economic Development elected five people to serve on the executive committee of its board of directors.
The committee includes President Lori Collins, President-elect Wendy Bridges, Vice President Skip Becker, Secretary and Treasurer Karla Moran, and immediate past President Mignonne Hollis. Together, the members of the new executive committee bring more than 100 years of experience in economic development.
Collins serves as the deputy economic development director with the city of Mesa, where she focuses on development priorities related to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and Mesa business retention, expansion and attraction. Collins was recently honored as one of the 2021 Arizona Business Leaders by Arizona Business Magazine.
“The pandemic brought upon an economically challenging time that is pushing our field to come up with new and responsible ways to rebuild our economy,” Collins said. “It’s an honor to serve as president and work alongside so many of my talented colleagues. We are eager to collaborate with others and create new initiatives to grow economic development in Arizona.”
Bridges is Avondale’s business development manager and brings with her more than 20 years of experience in local government.
Becker is the president and CEO of the La Paz Economic Development Corp., where he manages more than $4 billion across 14 different economic development projects. Becker also serves as vice chair of the Mohave – La Paz Workforce Development Board.
Moran serves as the senior project manager of economic development for the Salt River Project, where she is responsible for targeting and attracting new businesses and industries to the area in collaboration with state, regional and municipal partners.
As the immediate past president, Hollis will remain on the executive committee and will assist the board in its continuing efforts. Hollis also serves as the executive director of the Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation, where she focuses on making an economic impact in rural Arizona and beyond.
The executive committee members were approved at AAED’s annual spring conference, which was held on June 10 at the Scottsdale Airport.