TUCSON WATCH PARTY: Arizona’s 2019 Legislative Session Review



Registration is required for all Arizona Grantmakers Forum events. We welcome board members, trustees and staff at all levels from AGF member organizations to attend.

NOTE: Because of AGF’s close partnership with the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits on policy issues that impact the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, we are opening this program to the Alliance’s Nonprofit Policy Council and Southern Arizona Policy Roundtable.

As we approach the end of Arizona’s 2019 legislative session, what will decisions on key bills and the budget mean for philanthropy, nonprofits and the communities we collectively serve across the state?

Join us to watch a live stream to hear from Stuart Goodman, principal of Goodman Schwartz Public Affairs, who will debrief us on the major results of Arizona’s 2019 legislative session and recap decisions on key legislation including the charitable tax deduction, 211 funding, KidsCare and more. Afterward, Arizona Mirror Editor Jim Small will moderate a panel discussion featuring public policy experts from AGF member organizations who will review their advocacy efforts and lessons learned.

Stuart Goodman | Principal | Goodman Schwartz Public Affairs

For more than a quarter of a century, Stuart Goodman has been serving public and private sector clients at the State Capitol and local governments throughout Arizona. Prior to co-establishing Goodman Schwartz Public Affairs in 2000, Goodman served as a senior policy advisor to former Gov. Jane Dee Hull. Before joining the Hull Administration, Goodman directed the City of Glendale’s Intergovernmental Relations program as well as having served in the Symington Administration, directing the legislative and media programs for the Arizona Department of Administration.

Goodman received his commission in the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1999 and served honorably through 2009. In 2003, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Lieutenant Goodman served as a Division Officer in the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64). Goodman holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and a Master of Public Administration, both from Arizona State University. He also completed the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Jim Small | Editor | Arizona Mirror

Jim Small is a native Arizonan and has covered state government, policy and politics since 2004, with a focus on investigative and in-depth policy reporting, first as a reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times, then as editor of the paper and its prestigious sister publications, the Yellow Sheet Report and Arizona Legislative Report. Under his guidance, the Capitol Times won numerous state, regional and national awards for its accountability journalism and probing investigations into state government operations.

Marcus Johnson | Director of State Health Policy and Advocacy | Vitalyst Health Foundation

As Director of State Health Policy and Advocacy, Marcus oversees Vitalyst’s public policy agenda, and is responsible for initiatives related to access to care and coverage, workforce development and health advocacy.

Marcus comes to the world of philanthropy by way of public health and health care, having worked for the Maricopa County Department of Public Health and the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association. He has contributed to numerous policy and systems changes in health care, behavioral health and public health, and is committed to bridging preventive health strategies with an evolving health care system to ensure that all communities have what they need to be healthy.

Marcus earned his Master’s degree in Public Health and a B.S. in Physiology from The University of Arizona. In his free time, Marcus enjoys outdoor activities, weekend getaways with his wife and dogs, and remaining a stubbornly optimistic fan of the Dallas Cowboys.

Janice Palmer | Vice President and Director of Policy | Helios Education Foundation

Janice Palmer is the Vice President and Director of Policy at Helios Education Foundation. Ms. Palmer is responsible for identifying Arizona policy and investment opportunities that leverage and/or positively impact the Foundation’s current investments and ensure current policy and advocacy activities inform and direct the Foundation’s future work.

Prior to joining Helios, Ms. Palmer was the Director of Governmental Relations & Public Affairs for the Arizona School Boards Association and was with the Association for over 15 years. She has previously served as Communications Director for the Proposition 200: Healthy Children Healthy Families campaign and was an Arizona Senate Policy Advisor, working in the areas of tax and fiscal policy, commerce and economic development, bilingual education, civil rights issues, and redistricting.

Ms. Palmer graduated Arizona State University magna cum laude with degrees in English and Political Science.

Penny Allee Taylor | Chief Public Policy Officer | Valley of the Sun United Way

Penny Allee Taylor leads the public policy efforts on behalf of Valley of the Sun United Way–a non-profit organization that brings together businesses, elected officials, non-profits, and individuals to address community needs in the Valley. She leads their efforts at the federal, state, and local levels and has developed plans and strategies to address issues around youth and children, hunger and homelessness, and financial stability for individuals and families. Prior to joining United Way, Penny served in the Corporate Public Affairs Department of Southwest Gas Corporation for 20 years managing issues at the Arizona State Legislature, the Governor’s Office, state agencies, and also worked with Arizona cities, towns, and counties and with the federal delegation. Prior to joining Southwest Gas, Penny served in other government relations capacities at the federal, state and county levels.

Penny graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and attended the University of Phoenix in pursuit of a Masters in Organizational Management. Penny is a native of Phoenix, Arizona.