Our Team
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Flavio Bravo

Director

Pronouns: He/Him/Él

As the inaugural Director of the AZDC, Flavio is eager to bring his diverse experiences to work for meaningful change in his home state of Arizona. With a background in immigration and human rights, Flavio understands the immense privilege that comes with voting and the importance of a truly representative government. As Director, he is responsible for coordinating the collective democracy initiatives across the member organizations along with building partnerships nationwide. Prior to joining the AZDC team, Flavio was a Legislative Fellow with the Office of Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva of Arizona’s 3rd congressional district through the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Graduate Fellowship program. 

 

Flavio is a proud first generation college graduate, holding a M.A. in Migration Studies from the University of San Francisco and a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy of Social Justice from Loyola University Chicago.

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Amanda Lugo

Supervisory Committee Member

Pronouns: She/Her/Ella

Amanda Lugo is the Democracy Director at Living United for Change Arizona (LUCHA). She is a community activist with a diverse professional background that includes experiences in the
education, human services, and political fields. As a Latina whose life has been shaped by classism, racism, and misogyny, she is dedicated to advocating for life bettering and life
sustaining opportunities on behalf of the most vulnerable and marginalized communities. She is passionate about building diverse coalitions to collaborate and develop practical solutions to systemic oppression through a democratic agenda that is just, inclusive, and community-driven.


Amanda is proud Nuyorican originally from Jamaica, Queens, NY. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Youth Studies from the University of Minnesota, Masters of Arts in Social and Cultural Pedagogy from Arizona State University, and is currently completing an American Studies doctoral dissertation titled Superman es un Bad Hombre.

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Francisca Gil

Supervisory Committee Member

Pronouns: She/Her/Ella

Francisca Gil is the Political Director of Our Voice Our Vote, the sister organization of the AZ Coalition for Change (AZC4C). Born and raised in Venezuela, Francisca became a naturalized citizen and as an immigrant, she continues to fight against the oppressing Maduro regime that has caused 5 million Venezuelans in exile. She strongly believes in democratic values, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness. Her personal mission is connected to OVOV values which are fair elections, equal opportunity to high quality education, voter justice, economic justice, and racial justice for all. 

 

Francisca earned a B.S. in Psychology from Arizona State University and a M.S. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Grand Canyon University.

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Alison Marciniak

Supervisory Committee Member

Pronouns: She/Her

Alison Marciniak is the Development and Program Director at Arizona Advocacy Network and Arizona Advocacy Foundation (AZAN). Her earlier experience includes serving as Political Director for the Arizonans for Fair Elections ballot measure campaign, Field Director for Central Arizonans for a Sustainable Economy (CASE), Regional Field Director with the Arizona Democratic Party, and organizing to re-elect Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick. In her free time, Alison enjoys getting outside (which includes hiking, swimming, and patio beers) and hanging out with her dog, Lola. 

Alison was raised in Gilbert, AZ and holds a B.S. in Political Science from Arizona State University.

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Joaquin Rios

Supervisory Committee Member

Pronouns: He/Him/Él

Joaquin Rios serves as the Arizona State Director for State Innovation Exchange (SiX). Prior to SiX, Joaquin served as the Chief of Staff to then-Phoenix City Councilwoman Kate Gallego, who spearheaded the successful effort to develop the Phoenix Equal Pay Ordinance and chaired the campaign to pass Proposition 104, the city’s transportation plan through 2050.  A licensed attorney, Joaquin previously served as a Staff Attorney in the Housing Unit at Community Legal Services, a nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services to low-income Arizonans. Joaquin also previously practiced immigration law, served as Research Director for the Arizona Democratic Party, and worked in a wide variety of roles on progressive political campaigns at all levels in Arizona for over a decade.  

 

Joaquin holds a J.D. from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and a B.S. in Political Science from Arizona State University.