Join Laurie Liles, Chief Public Policy Officer at AZ Impact for Good, to learn why you should and how you can advocate for public policy that advances your mission. Laurie will explore the rules of the road to help you navigate the sometimes tricky terrain of nonprofit advocacy.
Laurie became Chief Public Policy Officer at the recently rebranded AZ Impact for Good following the merger of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum in 2022. Previously, Laurie was president and CEO of Arizona Grantmakers Forum for seven years, providing strategic leadership and creating and sustaining relationships with aligned philanthropic, nonprofit and community partners. Before joining Arizona Grantmakers in 2015, Laurie worked to improve policy outcomes for Arizonans for more than 25 years. She began her career as a research analyst for the Arizona House of Representatives before joining the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, where she served as senior vice president of public affairs and as president and CEO, among other roles. In 2014, Laurie was a Washington, D.C. correspondent for Cronkite News, covering politics, immigration and Indian affairs for Arizona news media outlets.
Laurie has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Mass Communication degree from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She serves on the United Philanthropy Forum board of directors and is a member of its Public Policy Committee.