June 27, 2012
Caption royalblue: Jodi Beckley Liggett
Mayor Greg Stanton has hired Jodi Beckley Liggett, CEO of the Arizona Foundation for Women, to serve as his full-time Senior Policy Adviser on homelessness.
Liggett will begin working July 23 with non-profit homeless agencies, community stakeholders and city staff to help end homelessness in Phoenix through programs and initiatives.
“Jodi is an experienced leader and has dedicated much of her career to helping others,” Stanton said. “From her background experience in policy to her years of advocacy on behalf of Arizona’s women and children, Jodi will be a great asset to our goal of ending homelessness. This is a top priority for me, and I am confident that Jodi will play a key role in improving the lives of homeless Phoenicians.”
Liggett, as the CEO of the Arizona Foundation for Women, promotes solutions for the problems affecting Arizona women and children. She developed the SHE Counts! brand to promote the safety, health and economic security of all women and has worked to maximize the foundation’s local presence and effectiveness. Under her direction, the Arizona Foundation for Women Advocacy Network has become a recognized opinion leader in Arizona.
“Jodi’s vision and leadership throughout her seven-year career with us have guided the Arizona Foundation for Women to its position as the leading voice for women in Arizona,” said Susan Smith, Chair of the foundation’s board of directors. “Jodi has made countless contributions to AFW’s success, and we know she will do the same for Mayor Stanton. We are sad to see her go but happy she will remain in our community and continue to focus on issues important to us all.”
Liggett also worked for former Arizona Gov. Jane Hull, and was responsible for a full range of human-services issues and programs for the vulnerable, including homelessness. She is an active member in the Phoenix community, including serving on the boards of several local organizations. She is currently the board chair of the Protecting Arizona Families Coalition (PAFCO) and was previously named one of Phoenix Business Journal’s “Forty under 40” most influential people.
“I am pleased to welcome Jodi Liggett to this very important position in the Mayor’s Office,” said Darlene Newsom, CEO of UMOM New Day Centers and chair of the Mayor’s Homeless Advisory Committee. “Jodi’s experience as a community leader and collaborator will serve her well in this role and I look forward to working with her and Mayor Stanton on real solutions to end homelessness in Phoenix and the surrounding region.”