Laurie Liles - HeadshotLaurie Liles
President & CEO

Laurie became president and CEO of the Arizona Grantmakers Forum in 2015. She grew up in Arizona and has worked throughout her career to make our state a better place to live and work.

With more than two decades of advocacy and association leadership experience, Laurie is passionate about connecting people who want to make a difference in others’ lives.

She honed her advocacy chops at the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, where she served as president and CEO and as senior vice president of public affairs, among other roles. In 2014, she was a Washington, D.C. correspondent for Cronkite News, covering politics, immigration and Indian affairs for Arizona news media outlets.

Laurie has a bachelor’s degree in political science and in December 2014 earned a master’s degree from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

She lives in Phoenix with her husband, two superstar teenagers, and the world’s most adorable cocker spaniels.

Kim Garbacz - Headshot
Kim Garbacz
Senior Director of Education & Communications

Kim has been with AGF since February 2016. She works with AGF’s affinity groups and committees to create educational programming and foster member engagement, and she is responsible AGF internal and external communication, marketing materials and website maintenance. Reporting to AGF’s president and CEO, this full-time position plays an essential role in achieving AGF’s strategic three-year direction.

Kim grew up in Phoenix and is a self-described “word nerd.” She is excited to be on the Arizona Grantmakers Forum team to advance philanthropy in her home state. Previously, she was the communications and member engagement manager of AGF and a social media specialist at Digital Air Strike where she developed marketing strategies for small businesses. Her interest in the nonprofit sector began while working at Arizona PBS as a member services representative and content creation assistant.

Kim earned her bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2014. Most recently, she graduated with Class 10 of the American Express Nonprofit Leadership Academy at ASU’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation. Raised in Phoenix, she is proud to call it home with her husband and their rescue dog, Todd.

Kalisha Bass - HeadshotKalisha Bass
Director of Member Engagement & Operations

Kalisha joined the AGF team in January 2017. She is responsible for AGF member engagement and logistical activities including database management, member recruitment and engagement efforts and program and affinity group support. Reporting to AGF’s director of education and communications, this newly created full-time position plays an essential role in achieving AGF’s strategic three-year direction.

Kalisha moved from Louisville where she was the director of investor relations and special projects at One Southern Indiana Chamber and Economic Development. In 2014, she was named one of Business Source Magazine’s Twenty Under 40 and was recently named in “Top 50 Most Influential Young Professionals” by Insider Louisville.

Kalisha earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Indiana University and has completed leadership courses through the Young Professionals Association of Louisville and Leadership Southern Indiana. With a strong passion for helping women and children, Kalisha enjoys volunteering in the philanthropic sector. She has served on the board of the Women’s Foundation of Southern Indiana, Girls on the Run Louisville and most recently has served on the grants committee for the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County in Indiana.

Kalisha lives in Phoenix which she is now happy to call home.