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Alumni Advisory Board

In 2016 the School formed an SPGS Alumni Advisory Board.  The board, which is made up of the Director, Associate Director and alumni, meet to discuss servicing undergraduates, building alumni engagement, and strategic planning for the School’s enrollment and academic offering.  The current board members are listed below. 

Board members

Whitney Chapa

Whitney Chapa currently serves as the Director of Academic and Student Affairs for the Arizona Board of Regents. In her role, she provides support in academic and data analysis, reporting and policy development. She also monitors national education and policy trends and supports the board’s strategic goals to seek greater alignment of educational outcomes between K-12, community colleges and the universities. Born and raised in Arizona, Whitney returned home after graduate school at Vanderbilt University and has since served in several roles in state government and the non-profit sector promoting access to high quality education for all Arizonans. Her experience includes serving as the Executive Director of the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools and in positions with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, the Foundation for Excellence in Education and the Arizona Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting.

Scott D. Gore

Scott D. Gore is the Chief of Staff (Acting) in the Office of NexGen for the Federal Aviation Administration. He is the principal advisor to the Assistant Administrator for NextGen and provides leadership, coordination, and guidance for the FAA’s NextGen programs and activities.

Sarah Heeter

Sarah Heeter considers herself a professional feminist and a life-long Sun Devil. She has spent the last four years working for Girl Scouts - Arizona Cactus Pine Council and holds a Master of Public Administration, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Conflict Resolution, all from ASU.

Vada O. Manager

Vada O. Manager is CEO of the Manager Global Consulting Group and a Senior Counselor of APCO Worldwide -- both are global strategic business consultancies with offices in Washington, DC; Phoenix, Arizona and Portland, Oregon. Prior to his current roles, Mr. Manager served on Nike Inc.'s Global Leadership Team including work with M&A transactions.

Danny J. Mazza

Danny J. Mazza, Attorney at Law with Mazza Law Center, PLC, graduated from Arizona Summit Law School, where he excelled in Gift & Estate Taxation and served as Vice President of the Student Bar Association. During law school, he was honored to serve as one of only two legal interns to Governor Jan Brewer. Additionally, Danny obtained a Certificate in International Commercial Arbitration from Georgia State University College of Law while studying overseas.

Andrew F. Ortiz

Andrew Ortiz is a National Fellow with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and is a member of the Congressional Award Foundation Board of Directors in Washington, DC. Ortiz is the President and CEO or Ortiz Leadership Systems, LLC, a leadership consulting and public speaking company.

Akshai J. Patel

Akshai J. Patel is passionate about education, serving in Arizona public K-12 schools for 15 years and now supporting schools across the country. Motivated to change South Phoenix students' lives permanently by helping them find a path to college, Patel joined two fellow TFA alumni to co-found the first seamless preK to college pathway in the community in 2009 – Phoenix Collegiate Academy, a network of free public charter schools in South Phoenix, serving a high-poverty population, with the mission of preparing students to succeed in college and be leaders in the community. After drafting plans for ASU Prep's first rural expansion to the Verde Valley near the Yavapai Reservation and securing $1.25M in federal expansion funding, Akshai joined the education finance team at RBC Capital Markets where he helps entrepreneurial district and charter school educators build new schools that change students' lives and put more funds in the classroom.

Matthew Stevenson

Matthew Stevenson is a Partner and the co-leader of Mercer’s Workforce Analytics and Planning practice in North America He is based in Washington, DC and has worked at Mercer since 2000. His work involves using data science to help Mercer clients define their human capital strategy and fine tune the implementation and planning of that strategy in order to support business objectives.

Sakena Young-Scaggs

Sakena Young-Scaggs is an unyielding voice on race, gender, and social justice. After completing both her MDiv and STM at Boston University, she worked and served in Higher Education for over a decade as what she calls an "academic midwife" lending to her contention that we must birth new life every day in the academy and nurture students toward their own success. She has previously served as the Associate Dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University and as the Associate Protestant University Chaplain at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She is an ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and holds leadership positions in her denomination and local church. “Rev. Sys,” (as called by students) also serves as campus advisor to student ministries and the Gospel Choir Fusion at ASU.