“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
“I’ve worked in local government for more than 30 years and learned early that Arizona Forward brings all voices to the discussion to build a more sustainable future. It’s not always easy for rural jurisdictions and small towns to have a seat at the table and the opportunity to collaborate on these big statewide issues. I appreciate the unique way in which Arizona Forward brings together a diverse mix of business and local government interests to improve our communities.”
Coconino County Manager Cynthia Seelhammer
“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
“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
"Transportation needs are inherent in our society and, unfortunately, the industry produces the second largest source of ghg 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."
Allan Yang, U-Haul International
48 Years of Environmental Stewardship
Arizona Forward was founded as Valley Forward in 1969, one year before the first Earth Day. We expanded statewide in 2013.
We mobilize business leaders and policymakers to leverage their collective power to influence how we best grow our communities, stimulate our economy and enhance our environment.
Our diverse membership of large corporations and small businesses, along with municipal, county and state agencies, educational institutions, related nonprofits and concerned citizens help ensure: smart growth and development, efficient transportation, improved air quality, responsible water management, energy alternatives and meaningful education.