• Sen. Amanda Aguirre, D-Yuma, was awarded with a Walk the Talk Award at the Arizona Medical Association’s 2008 President’s Banquet June 6 at the Arizona Club in Phoenix.
David Landrith, vice president of policy and political affairs for the organization, says the “award recognizes people (not just legislators) who have shown they put their money where there mouth is, in spite of the sometimes overwhelming odds that are not in their favor.
• Rep. David Schapira, D-Tempe, was presented with the Community Award for Legislation by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety at their annual Making a Difference Together Awards Dinner.
Schapira was honored with members of the law enforcement community for his sponsorship of the 2007 legislation forming Arizona ‘s new ignition interlock penalties for drunk drivers.
• Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, has been chosen to participate in Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in State and Local Government program, focusing on developing new conceptual frameworks for addressing program and policy issues, exploring the relationship between citizens and their government, examining the ethical and professional responsibility of leadership and exchanging ideas.
The program will be held for three weeks from July 6 to July 25 at Harvard.
• Allison Bell has been hired as vice president of government relations for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Bell has five years of legislative experience working for two Arizona government affairs firms, first with DeMenna & Associates and now with Stevens & Stevens.
Bell will join the Chamber on July 14 where she will serve as lead advocate for the Arizona Chamber at the state Capitol and focus on Arizona Chamber-endorsed candidates going into the election season.
• Jason Manning, political editor of washingtonpost.com, has been hired as director of student media at Arizona State University.
In addition to teaching as a faculty associate at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Manning will direct The State Press, the university’s independent campus daily newspaper, the paper’s online publication, the ASU Web Devil, the weekly State Press Magazine and Channel 2, a student-operated campus cable TV channel.
• Maria Travers has joined the staff of the Arizona Tax Research Association as the new office manager. She started in the spring and is responsible for the organization’s financial operations, membership recruitment and retention, conference planning, Web site maintenance and other general office duties.
• Elaine Arena, of Arena Government Communications, was presented with the Solveras/NFIB Arizona Small Business Champion of the Year Award by U.S. Rep. Harry Mitchell, D-Ariz., on May 29 at a small ceremony in Scottsdale.
Arena’s company was the only woman-owned government affairs business at the state Capitol when it was founded in 1984. The Scottsdale-based company consults and advocates on behalf of businesses and small trade associations on issues such as health care, taxation and regulation.
The award, now in its fifth year, is decided upon by the leadership of the NFIB and seeks to recognize “small business owners who go the extra mile for their fellow entrepreneurs.”
• Adam Miller, CPA, has been promoted to the position of senior manager in the national valuation and forensic services practice of public accounting firm Clifton Gunderson. He has experience in management advisory, litigation support, due diligence studies, bankruptcy and valuation services. Miller will be working from the firm’s Phoenix office.