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Introducing the new CAA Board members

Children’s Action Alliance is proud to introduce five new members of our Board of Directors. We welcome them to the Board and are excited to learn from their expertise and passion!

rene 100pxDr. René X. Diaz is the Executive Director of the Arizona Hispanic School Administrators Association. René has been a leader in the Phoenix education community for decades, having served as the Superintendent of Phoenix Elementary School District and Phoenix Union High School District. He was a classroom teacher and high school principal. René is a member of the Board of the Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center, the Department of Youth Treatment and Rehabilitation, and the Greater Phoenix Educational Management Council.


joseph garcia 100pxJoseph Garcia is the director of Morrison Institute Latino Public Policy Center. As director of communication, he also manages media relations and public outreach.

Joe began work at Morrison Institute in April 2009 after a career in journalism that included experience as a top editor, columnist and news reporter at The Arizona Republic, The Daily Times, Tucson Citizen, USA Today and The Associated Press. Joe is also an instructor of journalism at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.


tania 100pxTania Torres Márquez is the founder and principal of Torres Marquez Communications (TMC), a marketing and public relations agency specializing in multicultural communications. Most recently, Tania served as vice president for Cramer-Krasselt, a national advertising and PR agency where she founded C¬K’s multicultural communications function.

Tania holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a minor in Spanish from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. She is Vice President of Communications for the Board of Directors of Los Diablos, ASU’s Latino Alumni Chapter.


brint 100pxBrint Milward is Director of the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and in 2010 won the Distinguished Research Award given by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration and the American Society for Public Administration for a “coherent body of work over a career.”

The focus of Brint’s work has been on understanding how to efficiently and effectively manage networks of organizations that jointly produce public services like health and human services. He has conducted studies of what happens when governments privatize public services, which he terms “governing the hollow state.”

elizabeth 100pxElizabeth Reich is President and Chief Executive Officer of Make-A-Wish Arizona. As leader of the founding chapter, Elizabeth has helped to grow Make-A-Wish Arizona so the chapter could grant a record 288 wishes in fiscal year 2012.

Prior to joining Make-A-Wish, Elizabeth was Vice President of Advancement for Childhelp,and served as CEO of VisionQuest 20/20. During the administration of Governor Jane Dee Hull, she worked as the Executive Director of the office now known as The Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families.

Let’s support reforms to social services

Immigration Reform and Its Impact on Kids

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee passed the immigration reform bill sponsored by “the Gang of 8” including Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake (S.744). We’re happy to report that this legislation contains an amendment created specifically to keep families together whenever possible and help mitigate harm to children, including preventing children from entering foster care when immigration enforcement results in the detention or removal of their parents.

Debates about immigration policy in this country have tended to focus on economics, jobs, national security and law enforcement. The Dreamers have helped Americans see that immigration is clearly a child and family issue as well. There are 65,000 children living in Arizona who were born in another country and are not U.S. citizens. There are 250,000 children growing up in Arizona who are citizens, born in this country to immigrant parents. Immigration policy will shape the health, education and security of these children and will guide decisions about when children are separated from their parents, breaking families apart.

Click here to read a fact sheet from our partners at First Focus about the impact of immigration reform on children.

Naimark: Children’s safety in hands of Legislature

Senate Votes to Increase Funding For CPS, Child Care and Grandparents Stipend

On Thursday, May 16, 2013, the Arizona Senate voted to restore and expand Medicaid coverage for adults as Governor Brewer and dozens of community groups have been supporting.

In addition, they also voted to increase critical funding for abused and neglected children.  These increases include:

  • $4 million for Children Support Services.  The original legislation did not include any increase for Children Support Services.  (CAA called for $10 million.)
  • $4 million for Child Care.  The original legislation provided an increase of $5 million; the amendment brings the increase to $9 million.  (CAA supported the Governor’s plan which included $9 million.)
  • $1 million for Grandparents Stipend.  This provides the funding needed to support a monthly $75 stipend for qualified grandparents raising their grandchildren. (CAA called for $1 million.)

Other changes increased parity funding for the universities and added $4.5 million to the Department of Education’s budget for adult education.  You can read the full CAA comparison between the Governor’s budget and the Senate budget here.  The Senate budget plan has now moved onto the House.


CAA has set up an thank you email campaign to thank the 19 senators who voted in favor of this budget plan.  Enter your info into the constituent fields and, if you live in one of the 19 targeted districts, your senator will receive you note of appreciation.

CAA 2012 Annual Report

CAA is pleased to share our CAA 2012 Annual Report.  Thank you to the many donors and supporters that made last year another success for Arizona’s children and families.

Senate committee advances budget; final vote set today

House Speaker wants statewide vote on Medicaid expansion

Call for Nominations

2013_Gabe_Zimmerman_Public_Service_Awards_PosterThe Arizona We Want, an initiative of the Center for the Future of Arizona, is currently accepting nominations for the Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Awards. One honoree will be selected for each category of Leadership, Civic Engagement and Innovation. Named in honor of the late director of community outreach for Gabrielle Giffords, the Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Awards recognize non-elected professional public servants who serve as the critical link between citizens and the people elected to represent them.

These awards are an opportunity to showcase the commitment and dedication of more than 100,000 professional public servants working at all levels of government. Visit their website to review the criteria and submit and on-line application. Nominations due by 11:59 pm, Monday, June 17, 2013.


Nominate a public servant for the 2013 Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Awards Today!