Lindsay Love: Chairwoman
Lindsay Love is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, working with children and families around the valley. Lindsay has worked as a clinical therapist at both Florence Crittenton, Bayless Healthcare and, currently as a Clinical Manager for the adolescent team at Jewish Family and Children’s Service. Lindsay graduated from Emerge in 2018, which is the same year she ran and won for a school governing board position on the Chandler Unified School District. Lindsay is the first black woman and Democrat to sit on the board.
Jeanne Lunn: Vice Chairwoman
Jeanne is a native of Illinois and began her political career in Chicago. She has a background in Information technology and has worked for fortune 100 companies and with small startups. Her passion for politics led her to work on several presidential campaigns as well as local races. In 2005 she became Maricopa county’s first Executive Director and also ran for the Arizona Legislature in both 2006 and 2008. She started her own Non-Profit and Political Consulting firm, Technology Changes. Which was recently nominated for two Reed Awards, one of the most exacting awards in political campaigns for her work in the 2018 cycle.
Chavo Poole: Treasurer
Chavo is a Phoenix native raised in South Phoenix, graduated from Metro Tech Vocational High School where she focused on Law Enforcement and Photography. She identifies as Lesbian and has been with her partner for 4 years, they have a fish named Larry. She is ambitious, annoyingly positive, and a go getter! She has always been passionate about giving back and customer service which lead her to her 5 year career with American Express, she is currently a Business Analyst. She cares a lot about her community and empowering all women that she comes across. She is enrolled in Grand Canyon University studying Applied Management, and she also plays competitive women’s volleyball.
Dulce Rivas: Secretary
Originally from Mexico, Dulce grew up in South Phoenix. She attended public schools her whole life, where she was fortunate enough to receive a quality education thanks to her devoted teachers. At age 16, she was appointed by Congressman Ed Pastor to serve in the House Page Program in Washington D.C. That experience cemented the importance of being involved politically. It also led her to major in political science in college, as a first-generation college student, and ultimately, to go to law school. More importantly, seeing women like Maxine Waters, Hilda Solis, and Nancy Pelosi on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, inspired her to support women to run and be elected to political office.
Dulce has received the “40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40” award and is a member of AWEE’s 2016 SheLEADS class. She received her undergraduate degree and her juris doctorate from Arizona State University. After living some time abroad in Spain, she now lives in Central Phoenix with her husband, Jose and her dog, Mr. Pickles.
Emerge Arizona Board:
Meaghan loves Arizona. She grew up in Casa Grande, where she was raised by a public school teacher and a newspaper publisher. Today, Meaghan practices employment law in Phoenix and counsels employers on day-to-day issues affecting the workplace, including protecting workplace confidences and creating work environments that are free from discrimination and harassment. Meaghan is interested in Arizona history, the future of work in America, and college basketball. She is passionate about ensuring that all Arizonans have unhindered access to the ballot. Meaghan serves on the Emerge Arizona Board because she believes that our State is strongest when we elect authentic representatives who reflect the values and the complexity of our electorate.
Rose Swearingen has two a careers: she is the co-owner/photographer of Downeast Photography and is an information technology consultant. She has been involved in Arizona politics since 2016. She is a graduate of the Emerge Signature Program in 2017. She was the Executive Director for Toastmasters International for Arizona in 2011-2012. Rose is an experienced public speaker and has spoken all over the United States and internationally. She is a 26-year cancer survivor. Rose lives in Mesa with her husband Tim and is staff to two cats. Rose also donates time and photography to candidates and women’s organizations.
Wendy Valenzuela currently works in State & Local Affairs for Arizona
Public Service, the largest electric utility provider in Arizona. She is
responsible for maintaining relationships with governmental, business and
community leaders to determine common concerns and minimize conflicts
while working with company business units to achieve favorable outcomes.
Prior to her role at APS, Wendy worked in local government as Chief of Staff where she
implemented policy priorities. From 2004 to 2011, Wendy served as Director of Government &
Media Relations at a public affairs firm. In this role, she provided strategic advice for campaigns
and on policy initiatives for clients in the areas of Transportation, Aviation, Water, Housing and
Wendy has her Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Santa Clara University and a Master
of Public Administration from Arizona State University. She serves on the American Heart
Association Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Committee, the Maricopa Community
College Foundation Board, the Children’s Action Alliance Board and Phoenix Theatre Board. She
is a graduate of Valley Leadership Class 34 and Hispanic Leadership Institute. Wendy and her
husband, Daniel Valenzuela, have four children and one active puppy.