Kelsey Pinckney was born and raised in southern California. She moved to Phoenix in 2013, where she has had the opportunity to be a part of the community in many different ways. She is the Program Coordinator for local literacy nonprofit Read Better Be Better, and also serves as the Managing Editor of Four Chambers Press. Her role in the literary community in Phoenix has fed and intensified her love for writing, reading, and the huge role that literacy plays in human relationships and society in general. Kelsey has worked with youth in schools, after-school programs, and church groups since 2011, and believes it is the most important work she will ever do. She is currently attending Arizona State University for her BA in Community Advocacy and Social Policy, and lives in downtown Phoenix with her cat, Truman (Capote).
The son of two Mexican immigrants, Jose has taken advantage of every opportunity his Mother always dreamed to give him by coming to this country. He is a first-generation college graduate of W.P. Carey School of Business with a Business Sustainability degree, and studied abroad for a summer collecting research in Denmark and England on urban agriculture and how it impacts community resilience. Now working as Membership Coordinator for Local First Arizona, he gets to fulfill his passion of establishing community well-being through economically sustainable practices.
Ashley jumped on the Playworks Arizona team in 2014. She spent her first two years as a program coordinator for the Loma Linda Lancers. Prior to Playworks she received her BS in Exercise Sports Science from The University of Tulsa in Oklahoma where she developed a passion for children's fitness.Read more
"I am an Arizona native and an Arizona State University alumnus. I graduated from ASU in May of 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. I currently work as the Community Relations Specialist for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona (BBBSAZ). Through my role at BBBSAZ I recruit mentors for our programs by being present at outreach events within the community and by reaching out to different companies and student/community organization in order to share our volunteer opportunities with their staff/members”.Read more
Sentari M. Minor, Director of Partner Engagement & Education at Social Venture Partners Arizona (SVPAZ), facilitates the engagement of local philanthropists and activates community leaders to drive social change in the Valley. Prior to SVPAZ, Mr. Minor oversaw the corporate and foundation relations and major campaigns for the Arizona Humane Society, Arizona’s largest animal welfare organization. He started his career in the nonprofit sector at the Rodel Foundation where he managed communications, events, and special projects under the direction of the President &CEO.