Arizona Association for Economic Development Names Melissa Johnson as Director of Development and Member Engagement

(PHOENIX – July 14, 2021) – Melissa Johnson has joined the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) as its director of development and member engagement. Johnson will be responsible for facilitating the growth of AAED through membership, events and community building.

Johnson had been an active volunteer member of AAED, most recently serving as chair of AAED’s PR and communications committee where she helped organize the 2021 Basic Economic Development Course and facilitated the 2021 Marketing Symposium.

Prior to joining AAED, Johnson served as the executive director for Pinal Partnership. During her time there, she helped grow the Partnership’s financial reserves 83% through membership and event sponsorships.

“Melissa has been a dedicated and committed member of the economic development community for several years as well as part of AAED’s volunteer leadership,” said AAED Executive Director, Carrie Kelly. “She has dedicated many hours to help grow the mission of AAED and we’re thrilled to have her on the team to bring together our state-wide efforts in economic development.”

Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in business and political science from Arizona State University. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and exploring Arizona, where she was born and raised.

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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