Chair’s Message

As 2019 fast approaches, the list of what is going right in the Central Phoenix corridor is a long one that provides much to celebrate for our residents, city and state. Terrific cities have a personality and a vibe that is uniquely their own.  And a vital urban core is often a critical driver in what makes a city great.  Civic pride happens in collaboration between neighbors, neighborhoods, corporate citizens, smart government, and willing investors who collectively foster a “can do” spirit that welcomes all people and makes room for new ideas.

Anyone who has been in Phoenix for a long time or even the last few years can easily see that Central Phoenix is on the move in a big way.  It feels like we have reached a tipping point and momentum is full throttle.   At almost every turn, there is something noteworthy going on across a wide range of sectors: multifamily housing, infill development, neighborhood revitalization, university expansion projects, new construction, restaurants, museums, Roosevelt Row’s national prominence, and sports and entertainment venues.  Where challenges remain, I am confident that solutions will follow.  It is truly an exciting time to live, work and play in Central Phoenix.


You are invited to connect with PCA though our newsletter and website, and join us as we work together to build this great place we call home.


Diane Haller

“As a longtime member of Phoenix Community Alliance, it is especially gratifying to see how diverse the  revitalization and development projects are in the Central Phoenix corridor. The heart of Phoenix is alive and well.”

Executive Committee

Officers & Committee Chairs

Diane Haller
Partner, Quarles & Brady

Chair: 3-year term ending Dec. 2020

Kurt Schneider
President, LD Schneider & Associates

Vice Chair: 3-year term ending Dec. 2018

Graffiti Hotline Chair

Carol Poore, PhD
Private Professional

Vice Chair: 3-year term ending Dec. 2020

Arts, Culture & Public Life Chair

Beau Lane
CEO, Laneterralever

Vice Chair: 3-year term ending Dec. 2020

Devney Preuss

Executive Director

Christina Noyes
Attorney, Gust Rosenfeld

Secretary: 2-year term ending Dec. 2018

Howard Epstein
National Executive, OREO/Real Estate Sales, B of A

Treasurer: 2-year term ending Dec. 2018

Mo Stein
Principal, HKS Architects

Immediate Past Chair,

Homelessness Work Plan Subcommittee Co-Chair

Billy Shields
Hansji Group

Central City Planning & Development 


Matthew Seaman
Principal and Development Partner, Metrowest Development

Central City Planning & Development


Heidi Schaefer
Director, Corporate Taxation, SRP

Education Committee Chair

Larry Lazarus
Partner, Lazarus, Silvyn & Bangs

Hance Park Fundraising


Tim Sprague
Principal, Habitat Metro

Hance Park Fundraising


Lisa Perez
Private Professional

Health & Bioscience Chair

Sheila Harris, PhD
Private Professional

Homelessness Work Plan Subcommittee


Joel McCabe
COO, Trellis

McDowell Rd. Revitalization


Dr. Steve Narang
CEO, Banner University Medical Center – Phoenix

McDowell Rd. Revitalization


Bryan Albue
Attorney, Sherman & Howard

Membership Development


Rick Naimark
Associate VP for Program Development Planning, ASU

Multi-Modal Connectivity


Krista Shepherd
Principal, Gould Evans

Multi-Modal Connectivity


Ruben Alvarez
Managing Partner, Molera Alvarez

Public Affairs Chair

Members at Large

Ruben Alonzo, Executive Director, Community & Municipal Relations, ASU

Jim Lodge, VP, Strategy and Business Development, NRG

Steve Zabilski, Executive Director, Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Board of Directors


Diane Haller, Chair

Kurt Schneider, Vice Chair

Carol Poore PhD, Vice Chair

Beau Lane, Vice Chair

Devney Preuss, Executive Director

Christina Noyes, Secretary

Howard Epstein, Treasurer

Mo Stein, Immediate Past Chair

Committee Chairs

Carol Poore, PhD, Arts, Culture & Public Life

Billy Shields, Central City Planning  & Development

Matthew Seaman, Central City Planning & Development

Heidi Schaefer, Education

Kurt Schneider, Graffiti Hotline

Larry Lazarus, Hance Park Fundraising

Tim Sprague, Hance Park Fundraising

Lisa Perez, Health & Bioscience

Sheila Harris, PhD, Homelessness Work Plan Subcommittee

Mo Stein, Homelessness Work Plan Subcommittee

Joel McCabe, McDowell Road Revitalization

Dr. Steve Narang, McDowell Road Revitalization

Bryan Albue, Membership Development

Rick Naimark, Multi-Modal Connectivity

Krista Shepherd, Multi-Modal Connectivity

Ruben Alvarez, Public Affairs

Director Level Members

Chris Anderson, Managing Director, Hines

Victor Burrola, Community Development Officer, Arizona, Wells Fargo

Chris Callahan, Dean, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Dawn Hart, Co-Managing Director, Principal, Gensler

Chad Kemper, Director of Sales, 12 News/Tegna

Dr. Steve Narang, CEO, Banner University Medical Center – Phoenix

Heidi Schaefer, Director, Corporate Taxation, SRP

Michelle Schwartz, Senior Vice President, Old Republic Title

Krista Shepherd, Principal, Gould Evans

Barbara Snyder, Phoenix Campus Director, University of Phoenix

Jackie Thompson, Community Affairs & Grassroots, Southwest Airlines Co.

Julie Trujillo, Director, External Relations, UA Eller College of Management

Mark Watson, Project Development Manager, Hensel Phelps

Jay Zaghloul, Director, Business Development, NRG

Members at Large

Maria Baier, SVP of Communications and Public Affairs, Phoenix Suns

Terry Burke, President Southwest – Music, Live Nation

Chris Burson, SVP of Commercial Real Estate, Alliance Bank of AZ

Brian Cassidy, President, CCBG Architects

Mike Ebert, Managing Partner, RED Development

Greg Falls, Attorney, Sherman & Howard

Sandra Ferniza, Private Professional

Jay Hicks, Design Principal, Dig Studio

Catrina Kahler, President, Artlink

Melanie LaDue, Gives Back Lead, Tuft & Needle

Kendra Lee, Area Manager, APS

Michael Lieb, President, Michael A. Lieb, Ltd.

Mark McLaren, VP, HDR

Jim McPherson, Private Professional

Tim Sprague, Principal, Habitat Metro

Mark Stratz, SVP | City Leader, Transwestern

Kate Wells, President & CEO, Children’s Museum of Phoenix

Brad Woodman, Office Director/Vice President, SmithGroup

Steve Zabilski, Executive Director, Society of St. Vincent de Paul