Christina M. Martinez: Chairwoman
Christina has over 15 years of strategic communications and public affairs experience. A resident of the Valley of the Sun, Christina leads her own communications firm providing strategic corporate communications and lobbying services for national nonprofit organizations such as the PepsiCo Foundation, the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute, PetSmart, PetSmart Charities, and Fortune 100 clients such as PepsiCo, MillerCoors, and Southwest Airlines. She also launched a live-marketing firm where she oversaw community engagement for the Fiesta Bowl and Super Bowl XLIX.
Christina earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology and her master’s degree in Communication from the University of Illinois. She is also a graduate from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She has a passion for community service, and currently serves as vice president of the board of directors for the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. She also serves as a coach for women who seek public leadership roles.
Rebecca Wininger: Vice Chairwoman
Rebecca Wininger is the Founder of The CG3 Project and Hok Hok Lab. A
native Arizonan, she is a graduate of the University of Denver and holds a Master
of Science in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix. Her
past work experience is with such Fortune 500 Companies as Safeway,
PetSmart, and Amazon. She is an Emerge Arizona alumna and current board
member, an Arizona State University Wings of Gold committee member, a Flinn-
Brown Civic Leadership fellow and former Treasurer for the Gallego for Arizona
Pasquale Luz: Treasurer
Pasquale moved to Phoenix in 2014 after graduating from Loras College with degrees in accounting and finance. He grew up in Chicago knocking doors, handing out literature, and attending National Organization for Women (NOW) events with his mom, his grandmother, and his aunts. Since graduating college, he has worked on campaigns in Iowa, Illinois, Arizona, and New Mexico, including attending the Democratic National Convention in 2016 as a Hillary Clinton delegate.
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.
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.
Rose Swearingen has two a careers: she is the co-owner/photographer of PixAZ 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.
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 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.
Sherrie moved to Arizona in 2003 after a long career with Delta Airlines. She graduated from Southern Utah University with a degree in Psychology & Physical Education. Her greatest joy is being a Mom of 2 outstanding men and Grandmother to 8 amazing children. She is a life long Democrat and 2017 Emerge graduate. Working as a staff member in the 2018 CD8 congressional race was a highlight for her. This opportunity was created through the Emerge program. She is involved with her local Legislative District working hard to turn Arizona Blue.
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.
Patrice is a native New Englander, being born and raised in the State of Maine. She received Master’s Degree in Nursing from The University of Southern Maine and a post graduate from Husson College as well as a Master’s degree in Education from Goddard College. Her passion is healthcare and she advocates for identifying and filling some of the gaps in our current healthcare system. Patrice worked at the grassroots and administrative levels before moving to Arizona in 2014 to work for the Mayo Clinic. Patrice is a 2018 Emerge graduate. She is excited to be part of the Emerge Board and to support the Arizona political scene. Patrice is passionate about working with likeminded others towards electing more women and persons of color who will serve the diverse population of Arizona and the United States. When not working Patrice enjoys spending time with family and friends in the beautiful outdoors of Arizona. Patrice has bicycled from the West Coast to East Coast raising money for charity and has also enjoyed cycling in Nova Scotia and Holland. In her spare time Patrice has diverse interests from holding a non-commercial lobster license to serving as an Assistant Costume Designer on an Independent Film which opened at the Toronto Film Festival.