Arizona Grantmakers Forum's members are welcome to join the Small and Family Foundations affinity group, which provides opportunities for funders to share knowledge, encourage collaborative funding and learn about policy issues that affect the well-being of communities across the state.
This meeting features guest speaker Diana Yazzie Devine, former CEO / President and current board member with Native American Connections. Learn more about Native American Connections here: nativeconnections.org
You will gain an understanding of Native American Connections mission and how you can help in their mission directly or through collaboration. Members will also be able to ask questions to our speaker during a Q &A.
The Small and Family Foundations affinity group meetings are open to all Arizona Grantmaker Forum members.
If you cannot attend this event live, please register and a recording will be provided to all registrants.
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.