Measuring What Matters: Arizona Progress Meters Community Conversation



Arizona Grantmakers Forum events are open to board members, trustees and staff at all levels from AGF member organizations unless otherwise noted. Registration is required for all events.


Please join your fellow Arizona Grantmakers Forum members for two special sessions of the Center for the Future of Arizona’s Community Conversations series. On Oct. 23, Ian Dowdy, CFA’s director of Progress Meters, and Kristi Tate, CFA’s director of civic health initiatives, will spark dialogue about the aspirations Arizonans hold for the future of our state. Together, they will introduce the Arizona Progress Meters as tools to support data-driven dialogue and planning, and evolve our understanding of the issues that matter most to Arizonans at a local level. The philanthropic sector plays a critical role in advancing these issues, so we hope you’ll attend to learn more about these tools and share your feedback in this statewide conversation.
On Nov. 19, Kristi and Ian will return to build upon the issues we explore in the first session and provide a deeper dive into the data and indicators of the Progress Meters. This will include an interactive discussion about how the data can be used to move AGF members from mutual concern on key issues to strategically aligned action. Register for the Nov. 19 Deep Dive here.


Attendance at both sessions is encouraged, but not required. These programs are ideal for philanthropy professionals at all levels within their organization and individuals with a formal grantmaking program.

About the Center for the Future of Arizona and Arizona Progress Meters
The Center for the Future of Arizona brings Arizonans together to build a bright future for our state. CFA remains committed to advancing the priorities of Arizonans as expressed in The Arizona We Want and measured by the Arizona Progress Meters. These eight priority areas include: Jobs, Education, Young Talent, Health and Well-being, Natural Resources, Infrastructure, Civic Participation and Connected Communities.

The Education Progress Meter, developed in partnership with Expect More Arizona, was previously launched in 2016. The full set of Arizona Progress Meters collectively provide a comprehensive evaluation of where Arizona stands relative to the aspirations of Arizonans.

About the Facilitators

Evelyn Casuga | Director, Community & Economic Prosperity

Evelyn has over 30 years of experience in economic and community development, leadership, and civic engagement.

After 25 years, Evelyn retired in December 2014 as general manager of community affairs at Arizona Public Service, the largest and longest serving investor-owned utility covering 11 of 15 counties in Arizona. Her area encompassed community relations, corporate contributions and volunteer programs, economic development, and strategic partnerships. She served in numerous leadership positions during her tenure at the company.

Previous to APS, her roles included nearly 10 years in municipal government serving as city manager of Eloy, town manager of Marana and manager of community/client development for the Western Gateway Team, an Arizona regional economic development group, serving five West Valley communities.

Evelyn is a Certified Economic Developer and serves on several statewide and regional nonprofit boards. She has been recognized for her efforts in community service and economic development. Evelyn received her Masters of City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Kristi Tate | Director, Civic Health Initiatives

Kristi has served in leadership roles spanning organizations focused on education, service and civic engagement. Most recently, Kristi served with the National Conference on Citizenship, a congressionally chartered organization dedicated to strengthening civic life in America. Her focus at NCoC was on developing and leading partnerships for the Civic Health Index, which creates reports and initiatives designed to strengthen civic life in communities across the country. Before joining NCoC, she served at Georgetown University’s Center for Social Justice as Director of the DC Schools Project. She has also directed programs for HandsOn Greater Phoenix and the Boys and Girls Club of Boston Charlestown Clubhouse. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree from Georgetown University, with a focus on social and public policy.

Ian Dowdy | Director, Progress Meters

Ian Dowdy currently serves as the director of Progress Meters for CFA and is a certified urban planner with a diverse background working in the public sector, performing master planning and land entitlements in the private sector, and has spent the last eight years of his career in public policy surrounding conservation and sustainable economic development in the nonprofit arena. In his previous position with the Sonoran Institute, Ian led the Sustainable Landscapes and Communities team that focused on improving the quality-of-life, economy and environment of the Sun Corridor megapolitan region of Arizona which includes Phoenix, Tucson and Prescott.

As an avid hiker, backpacker, and occasional angler, Ian has explored Arizona’s out-of-the-way places and is passionate about conserving resources for future generations. Recently Ian has served on various boards and commissions including the Central Arizona Conservation Alliance Steering Committee, the City of Peoria Quality of Life Commission, the Arizona Alliance for Livable Communities Steering Committee, the White Tank Mountains Conservancy Governing Board, and the Faith House Domestic Violence Shelter Advisory Committee.

Ian has two degrees from Arizona State University, a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning (2004) and a Master of Business Administration from the School of Global Management and Leadership (2008).