On November 15th,  fourteen CSOs were able to meet with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey for the 1st Leadership Training Institute. This was an incredible opportunity for these students to discuss current issues with the Governor including; Water Policy, Workforce Development, STEM Education, and Healthcare Care. The CSO were each given a public policy to study and discuss their positions with the Governor. Each student was encourages to talk freely feel about their related policy (Water, STEM Ed, Health Care or Workforce) and share real examples how they would help solve certain issues.

Special thanks to the Office of the Arizona Governor’s Office of Education, CSO coaches and staff who helped make this event possible:

Governor’s Office of Education:

  • Dawn Wallace, Director and Education Policy Advisor
  • Kristin Sorensen, Deputy Director
  • Alexander Peña, Policy Assistant


  • Steve Zylstra, President and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council.
  • Nancy Welsh, Vice President of Flinn Foundation Cathleen Barton, Professional Consultant and former chair of AZ Business and Education

Chief Science Officer Team

  • Susan Farretta, Director of Educational Initiatives
  • Jeremy Babendure, Executive Director
  • Kaci Fankhauser, AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Greg McCarthy, Director of Business and Partnerships

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