The 2017 Annual Meeting and Summit on Topics will took place June 9, 2017 at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix.
After participants heard from expert speakers for multiple topics, the topic chosen for 2019 is Child and Family Services, presented by Dana Naimark, President and CEO of Children's Action Alliance.
Community Town Halls will also be held before the statewide Town Hall on the chosen topic. These smaller sessions will convene across the state in order to capture input from Arizona's many diverse communities. Reports from the Community Town Hall sessions will be compiled and included with the background materials to further enrich the discussions at the statewide Town Hall.
Funding preK-12 Education is the topic for 2017.
Criminal Justice was the topic chosen for 2018.
Lisa A. Atkins, Commissioner, Arizona State Land Department
As an Arizona native, Ms. Atkins combines a well-rounded understanding
of the State with more than 40 years of experience in the federal and
state legislative and policy arenas. Ms. Atkins served for more than 23
years as Chief of Staff to Congressman Bob Stump (R-AZ) in both
Washington, D.C. and Arizona, 18 months as the Executive Director of the
County Supervisors Association of Arizona (CSA), representing more than
50 elected Arizona County Supervisors on policy and budget matters, and
11 years as the Vice President for Public Policy for Greater Phoenix
Leadership (GPL), a group of the Region's top business and industry
leaders focused on the State's economic growth and vitality.
Lisa Atkins is well respected in the Arizona community for her involvement in a variety of organizations. Among her current community activities, Ms. Atkins represents Maricopa County as an elected member of the Board of the Central Arizona Water Conservation District (CAWCD), which is responsible for operating, maintaining and managing the Central Arizona Project. She also serves as an Advisory Member of the statewide Governor's Military Affairs Commission, which is the permanent body to monitor and make recommendations to the Governor and Legislature on executive, legislative and federal actions necessary to sustain and grow Arizona's network of military installations, training and testing ranges and associated airspace.
A Special Award was presented to Arizona PBS, marking the first time an organization has been awarded for its civic service by Arizona Town Hall. Mary Mazur received the award on behalf of the renowned organization.