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The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership welcomes Daniel Scarpinato and Sarah Elliott to Arizona State University for a moderated discussion with Maria Polletta on the 2018 Arizona Gubernatorial Campaign.
Daniel Scarpinato is chief of staff to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, a position he has held since December 2018. Scarpinato previously served as Governor Ducey’s deputy chief of staff for communications and strategic planning from January 2015 through July 2018. In July 2018, Scarpinato joined the governor’s 2018 re-election campaign, serving as Senior Advisor. Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, Daniel served as the National Press Secretary for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) in Washington D.C., and before that as Western Regional press secretary for the NRCC. Additionally, he has served as director of communications for the Republican majority in the Arizona House of Representatives, worked as an education and political reporter for the Arizona Daily Star and as editor of the Arizona Capitol Times’ Yellow Sheet Report. Scarpinato was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and is a graduate of the University of Arizona, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Arizona Daily Wildcat.
Sarah Elliott currently serves as the Arizona State director for The Impact Project. Formerly she worked as communications director for David Garcia for Governor, was senior advisor for Martin Heinrich for U.S. Senate and at the New Mexico Democratic Party. Sarah worked as communications director, West Coast for DJI, a Chinese company and the world's largest manufacturer of consumer and recreational drones. Previously, Elliott served as SVP at Squared Communications leading West Coast operations for the D.C.-based PR and political consulting firm. Clients included the Application Developers Alliance, Google, Main Street Patent Coalition, Vulcan Productions and Green Tech Action Fund. Elliott served as Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s communications director for two terms where she worked on policy issues ranging from economic and energy development to wolf hunts and fighting the implementation of the Real I.D. Act. As a political appointment overseeing communications for the Executive branch and executive budget during legislative sessions, Elliott has extensive experience at the intersection of politics, policy and legislative action. Prior to her tenure with Governor Schweitzer, Elliott served in the press office of then Denver Mayor, later Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. She also worked as a reporter and editor at KULR-TV an NBC affiliate and served as communications director for the Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance. In addition to Elliott's extensive experience working with top elected officials and the media her private sector work has focused on intellectual property, consumer privacy, technology and tax policy.
Maria Polletta is the state government and politics reporter for The Arizona Republic and USA Today Network. She covers the Governor’s Office and state agencies, with an emphasis on accountability of elected officials and an eye toward issues directly affecting Arizonans’ quality of life. She has previously covered inequality issues, city politics and economic development for the paper, traveling throughout Arizona and Mexico, and has also directed weekend breaking-news coverage. She teaches Journalism Ethics and Diversity as an adjunct professor at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Admission is free but seating is limited — please RSVP.