Our Team
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Chris Gilfillan

Supervisory Committee Member

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Chris Gilfillan is the Development Director and Policy Director at Arizona Center for Empowerment.  In the past, he was a candidate for the Arizona State legislature and also an editor for the Daily Journal's publication in Arizona, which served as a business development resource for law firms and the B2B community. Chris has been editing newspapers since he was a reporter for The Observer News Enterprise at age 15, and later served as their managing editor. 

  

Chris holds a J.D. from the Mississippi College School of Law and a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

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Nicole Morales

Supervisory Committee Member

Pronouns: She/Her/Ella

Nicole Morales is the Civic Engagement Director for CHISPA Arizona. She is an Arizona Dreamer and was first drawn to activism in 2010 when Senate Bill 1070 ignited a spark in her. This encouraged her to fight against the misrepresentation, prosecution, and intimidation of the Latino community in Arizona. Nicole has worked on the campaign to defeat Joe Arpaio as Sheriff of Maricopa County, and with several grassroots organizing programs in state. She worked with Chispa Arizona in 2018 to direct the Phoenix area civic engagement program, contributing in large part to an effort that would eventually register more than 28,000 voters across the state.

 

Working with Chispa AZ has allowed her to continue empowering and educating her community.

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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.