The Future of Arizona Democracy

The Future of Arizona Democracy is an annual series focusing on the challenges confronting Arizona's democracy. Each year, a panel of experts examines the state’s governance, the 48th state's legacy of constitutional powers and responsibilities, the delicate balance between representative and direct democracy in ensuring a system of government that is of, by, and for the people that works to enhance liberty and opportunity for all. It is the result of a partnership between The Arizona Junior Fellows, a project of the Arizona Chamber Foundation, and ASU's School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership.

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About the Arizona Junior Fellows program

The Arizona Junior Fellows Program was founded by Eileen I. Klein, who is the 35th treasurer of the State of Arizona, former chief of staff to Governor Janice K. Brewer, and president emerita of the Arizona Board of Regents. Klein is the advisor to the program. It is a program of the Arizona Chamber Foundation, and is dedicated to forging the next generation of Arizona leaders. You can find their website here.

Joe Pitts is the first program director for the Arizona Junior Fellows program, studying Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership and Business Management. Stephen Matter is a 2020-2021 Arizona Junior Fellow and current Foundation Intern. Taylor Hersch is also a 2020-2021 Arizona Junior Fellow and current Foundation Intern. The new class of Fellows includes:

  • Nalani Sommer
  • Jacob Salas
  • Flannery Sloan 

Those interested in donating to the program, or reaching out to its leadership, can email them at juniorfellows@azchamber.com.

Past events

Watch our latest event, which was held on March 21:

Watch our first event in the series, hosted in the spring of 2021:

Watch our second event in the series, hosted in the Fall of 2021: