Arizona Forward continues to be a broad and diverse organization of thought leaders brought together by the goal of improving our communities and environment. The involvement of the people within this nonprofit organization are continuously encouraging and assisting in our mission to provide future healthy and sustainable communities within Arizona. It continues to be an honor to work with these great people and this historic organization on the elements that impact the future of Arizona.
Dave Skinner, HDR
As a transportation professional, I was introduced to Arizona Forward a few years ago by Dave Skinner, the current Chair of the Board. Over the years as my career progressed and my professional interests widened, I continued to find myself amidst dedicated professionals working to further the cause. Now, be it focusing on advancing trends in transportation technology such as autonomous and connected vehicles or sustainable development in urban areas such as Rio Reimagined and Santa Cruz initiatives, AZ Forward provides the right platform to work on, and champion for, the issues important to me.
Suresh Raghavendra, AECOM
Transportation needs are inherent in our society and, unfortunately, the industry produces the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. As a member of the Transportation / Air Issue Committee, we get to meet with other transportation businesses working towards bluer skies for the Grand Canyon State.
Arizona Forward provides the best networking opportunity in the Valley and is a preeminent voice for local, tangible environmental issues. I’ve developed true friends from all business sectors and backgrounds on the issue committees where we learn the intricacies of an issue, discuss its applicability to Arizona, and then use that understanding to kickstart practical initiatives that will make Arizona a better place to live. An organization like this is truly unique in its attractiveness to business directors, attorneys, nonprofits, utilities, cities, consultants, and everyday Arizonans that care about their community.
Trevor Root, HDR