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Laurie Liles |  Lisa B. Lumbard, CPA, CGFM |  Mr. David L. Thompson |  Brandy Petrone |  Kristen Wilson, CAE, CNAP |  Marcus Johnson |  Penny Allee Taylor
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1.5 hr
Audio and Video
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AZ Impact for Good | Arizona Grantmakers Forum



Who We Are                               

The Arizona Nonprofit + Grantmakers Policy Council is an advisory group composed of individuals interested in public policy and advocacy for Arizona’s nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.

Participation in the council is open to members of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits + Arizona Grantmakers Forum and is primarily made up of professionals from the nonprofit sector who are working in or for a nonprofit organization. Other members include lobbyists or other experts in public policy who support the sector.

Our goal is to have a council that accurately reflects and represents our diverse nonprofit and philanthropic communities in Arizona.

If you are interested in learning more and attending meetings, please complete our Policy Council Inquiry Form.

What We Do

  • Provide critical insight and feedback on issues, opportunities and obstacles facing the nonprofit sector.
  • Encourage members to communicate their issues, concerns and viewpoints on a variety of nonprofit issues through productive discussion and information sharing.
  • Help mobilize the ‘grassroots’ and ‘grasstops,’ and inform boards of directors, partners and the media on legislation, propositions or positions important to the nonprofit sector in Arizona.
  • Help shape the Alliance’s advocacy strategies and the formation of the Alliance’s annual public policy agenda, guided by the Alliance’s Public Policy Framework.
  • Help plan advocacy related programs and events.
  • Meet with policy makers and other leaders, and provide testimony at the legislature as part of the Alliance’s advocacy efforts.
  • Review and provide recommendations on legislative and policy issues to the Alliance board for approval as necessary. 

Learn more about Advocacy & Public Policy at the Alliance by clicking here.

Council Leadership

  • Chair: Penny Allee Taylor, member, Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits + Arizona Grantmakers Board of Directors
  • Co-Vice Chairs:
    • Lisa Lumbard, Lumbard Consulting LLC
    • Marcus Johnson, Vitalyst Health Foundation 
  • Chief Public Policy Officer: Laurie Liles, Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits + Arizona Grantmakers Forum

Policy Council monthly activity benefits:

  • Ongoing education and information provided to Policy Council members to keep them informed on local and national issues, trends and best practices.
  • Monthly report from the National Council of Nonprofits at each meeting, providing insight and perspective on issues facing the broader sector.
  • Access to the legislative bill tracker and advocacy communications from the Alliance. 

Get Involved

The Policy Council accepts new members year-round, and we seek nonprofit leaders to join who represent the diversity of the communities and causes we support.

Meetings are normally held once a month on a Friday from 9:00am-10:30am via Zoom so members can participate from all parts of the state. 


If you are interested in learning more and attending meetings, please complete our Policy Council Inquiry Form.



Laurie Liles's Profile

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Chief Public Policy Officer

AZ Impact for Good

Laurie joined the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits following its merger with Arizona Grantmakers Forum in 2022. As chief public policy officer, she is responsible for developing and executing the Alliance’s public policy agenda and engagement strategy. An active member of the senior leadership team, Laurie leads Arizona Grantmakers Forum, bringing vision and strategic thinking to advance its full integration with the Alliance.

Laurie was president and CEO of Arizona Grantmakers Forum for seven years, providing strategic leadership and creating and sustaining relationships with aligned philanthropic, nonprofit and community partners. Before joining Arizona Grantmakers in 2015, Laurie worked to improve policy outcomes for Arizonans for more than 25 years. She began her career as a research analyst for the Arizona House of Representatives before joining the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, where she served as senior vice president of public affairs and as president and CEO, among other roles. In 2014, Laurie was a Washington, D.C. correspondent for Cronkite News, producing more than 30 stories covering politics, immigration and Indian affairs for Arizona news media outlets.

Laurie has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Mass Communication degree from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She serves on the United Philanthropy Forum board of directors and co-chairs its Public Policy Committee.

A native of the Southwest, Laurie grew up in Tempe, Arizona.

Lisa B. Lumbard, CPA, CGFM's Profile

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Lumbard Consulting, LLC

Lisa B. Lumbard, CPA, CGFM, not-for-profit consultant and leadership trainer, founded Lumbard Consulting, LLC in 2018 to share with community impact leaders what she learned in over 35 years of providing not-for-profit organizations and local governments with financial and program compliance audit services.  Her most in-demand services are for customized board trainings and assistance with building strong internal controls to support effective not-for-profit organizational growth.


Since selling her audit firm, Lisa followed her passion of supporting not-for-profit leaders and earned the Certificate for Nonprofit Board Consulting from BoardSource, the Executive Leadership Certification from the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation and the Interim Executives Academy certificate of completion from The Third Sector.  


She began board service while attending ASU and still serves on multiple boards and committees including the:

  • Arizona State Board of Accountancy to which she was appointed by the Governor in 2019, served as treasurer and was elected President in 2022
  • Arizona Society of CPAs not-for-profit conference committee
  • Valleywise Health Finance, Audit and Compliance Committee
  • Heard Museum, Audit Committee
  • Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Audit Committee
  • Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits Public Policy Committee vice-chair, subject expert, Business on Board trainer and as curriculum advisor


Lisa is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and webinars. She is passionate about the importance, empowerment and success of not-for-profit leaders as they play their critical role in our nation.

Mr. David L. Thompson's Profile

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National Council of Nonprofits, Vice President of Public Policy

AZ Impact for Good

Brandy Petrone's Profile

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Senior Associate

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Kristen Wilson, CAE, CNAP's Profile

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AZ Impact for Good

Kristen is a proven leader with more than 16 years’ experience leading efforts to support community stakeholders across multiple sectors. She is focused on bridging the gap between the nonprofit, for-profit and government sectors. A fierce competitor, Kristen is never satisfied with resting on her laurels and is always looking for the next big challenge to conquer. Driven to be the best while remaining authentic and invested in the success of others, Kristen helps organizations and teams reach their full potential by serving as a leader, mentor and chief cheerleader.  

Often, her competitive spirit drives her career, but other times it means acing a serve on the volleyball court or reaching a new milestone in her health and wellness journey. But most nights, she is admittedly just playing with her fur babies, Max and Riley. 

Marcus Johnson's Profile

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Deputy Director, Community Engagement & Regulatory Affairs

Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)

Penny Allee Taylor's Profile

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