Arizona Association for Economic Development Elects New Board

(PHOENIX – Sept. 28, 2021) – The Arizona Association for Economic Development has elected new members to its Board of Directors. The new directors represent both rural and metro communities across the state.

The new board members representing rural Arizona are: Karime Hayer, business development coordinator at Yuma Economic Development; Richard Hernandez, AZED Pro, executive director of Yavapai Colleges Regional Economic Development Center; and Tami Ursenbach, economic development director at Mohave County.

Amanda Bruno, project manager in the Office of Economic Initiatives at the City of Tucson; Suzanne Boyles, AZED Pro, economic development manager with the City of Buckeye; Chad Schleicher, senior business development manager at the Weitz Company; and Kristen Stephenson, senior vice president of research and analytics at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council were newly elected to the board of directors to represent metro Arizona alongside reelected members Jennifer Lindley, AZED Pro, downtown development manager at the Town of Queen Creek and Kristen Howard, business developer with IMEG Corp.

Continuing as advisors to the board of directors are Lydia Aranda, president of border communities at Chicanos Por La Causa Inc.; Russ Yelton, founder and president of White Mountain Economic Development; Mackenzie Fitz-Gerald, AZED Pro, economic development associate at Arizona Public Service; Jamie Kerr, vice president of rural economic development at the Arizona Commerce Authority; and Sarah Murley, principal at Applied Economics.

“These individuals are leaders in their communities and represent a cross-section of our statewide membership,” said Lori Collins, president of the Board of Directors. “As the voice of economic development throughout Arizona, AAED will strongly benefit from the expertise and point of view they provide. We’re thrilled to welcome them to the Board.”

About the Arizona Association for Economic Development

AAED, founded in 1974, has a mission to serve as Arizona’s unified voice for responsible economic development through professional education, public policy, and collaboration. For more information on AAED, visit or call (602) 240-2233.


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at Sep 28, 2021

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