Maricopa Community College Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

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Five community leaders with a passion for public service have been named to the Maricopa Community College Foundation (MCCF) Board of Directors.

Five community leaders with a passion for public service have been named to the Maricopa Community College Foundation (MCCF) Board of Directors.

“We welcome these dynamic community leaders who each bring a wealth of experience that will help grow our capacity. Together, we look forward to finding new ways to impact our community by supporting scholarships and programs that make college more accessible for all students who wish to pursue an education to better prepare for their future,” stated Christina Schultz, MCCF President and CEO.

The 2016 new MCCF board members are:

David Adame, President and CEO of Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc., (CPLC), leads the largest community development corporation (CDC) in Arizona and the third largest Hispanic CDC in the country. A third generation Arizonian, he attended ASU on a music scholarship where he studied Finance. In 2008, David became Chief Economic Development Officer at CPLC, where he has raised more than $250 million in resources from government agencies, corporations, and foundations. In addition, he has completed 12 real-estate development projects across Arizona, valued at more than $60 million.

David Drennon, Executive Vice President of the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association, brings extensive industry knowledge from his most recent role as VP, Strategic Initiatives at the Arizona Commerce Authority. Prior to joining state government, David worked in broadcast television news for 15 years. With a strong background in broadcast and media, coupled with his government experience, David serves as a convener and connector for business and government and has championed outreach efforts to Arizona’s rural communities through various workshops, listening sessions, community town halls and Governor’s conferences.

Peggy Neely, a partner of Johnson & Neely Public Strategies, is also President of Neely Real Estate Strategies. She currently chairs the Commercial Services Committee for the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors and is a member of National Commercial committee for National Association of Realtors. Peggy served as the District 2 council woman with the City of Phoenix from 2001 to 2009 where she recruited Republic Services, AT&T, a regional FBI Center, Choice Hotels and the Musical Instrument Museum to her home district. She was the sole champion for development of the nationally-renowned Reach 11 Soccer Complex.

Melissa (“Mel”) Sanderson, Vice President for International Affairs at Freeport McMoRan, was a career officer with the U.S. Foreign Service for over 20 years. She now focuses on projects and issues relevant to Freeport’s overseas operations in Chile, Peru, Indonesia and the Congo, as well as Native American issues. Mel is currently the President of the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, chair of the Arizona District Export Council and on the boards of the Arizona-Mexico Commission and the Arizona Council for Economic Education. In 2015, she was named Athena Award winner (Private Sector) in 2015 by the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and awarded the Global Business Executive of the Year by the Global Chamber.

Mary Wolf-Francis brings 25 years of experience building public private partnerships in the education, workforce and economic development at the local, state and national levels. She holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. As a Business Liaison for the City of Phoenix, Mary was well-versed on emerging industries and delivering industry intelligence to job seekers, tracking the local talent pool, identifying key training opportunities and working with hiring companies. She is currently the Community Liaison for DIRTT Environmental Solutions and actively involved in the community on environmental and social responsibility issues.

For more information regarding the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, please contact Christina Schultz at 480-731-8098.

About the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation:
The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization designated by the Maricopa County Community College District to receive and manage gifts on behalf of its ten colleges, two skill centers and multiple satellite centers. The Foundation actively seeks contributions from a variety of public and private sources including individuals, corporations and other foundations. It acts as a trustee for donations to assure that gifts are distributed in the manner specified by the donor.

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