FRIDAY, AUGUST 13, 2021; 9AM

A Representative Town Hall Meeting features speakers from the Federal/State, County and/or City of Phoenix. The event is co-hosted by Friends of Daisy Mountain Trails and the ACC.

August 13, 2021 speaker: State Supt of public instruction Kathy Hoffman

This meeting will be held via Zoom.

 Click HERE for ZOOM mtg:  Friday, AUGUST 13, 2021; 9am

August 13, 2021
Kathy Hoffman
State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Superintendent Kathy Hoffman was elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction in November 2018, and assumed office in January 2019. Superintendent Hoffman has spent her entire career working in public education, first as a pre-school teacher and then as a speech-language pathologist. She began her career in the Vail School District in Southern Arizona before joining the Peoria School District.

Her experience as both an educator and advocate for students with disabilities informs her vision for public education. Throughout her career, she has fought tirelessly for equal access to high-quality public education regardless of a student’s race, gender, or zip code.

As State Superintendent, she is focused on growing Arizona's educator workforce through targeted recruitment and retention efforts, increasing funding and access to critical social emotional learning resources, expanding digital connectivity for urban and rural school communities alike, supporting and celebrating Arizona's many multilingual learners, and elevating the voices of our state's phenomenal educators.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2021
Maricopa County Flood Control Project Manager

Theresa Pinto has been working for the Flood Control District of Maricopa County for over 20 years. For the last 17 years, Theresa has been a Project Manager overseeing watershed planning studies that involve identifying the flood hazards and risks, working with the public and stakeholders to identify alternatives, and developing solutions to reduce the flood risks.  She also has initiated other unique projects, including developing a native plant nursery for the county that does not need irrigation systems and creating materials to help decision makers, the public, and other stakeholders better understand flood risks in their community.  She applies her environmental background to oversee vegetation management and restoration studies and projects and environmental compliance activities for construction projects. Before working at the Flood Control District, Theresa worked in the private sector as an environmental consultant, salesperson, and in several other fields.  In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her family & friends enjoying outdoor activities including camping, rafting, and sailing.


Theresa holds a Bachelor in Science in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Ecology from Northern Arizona University.   She is an American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), a Certified Environmental Planner (CEP), a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), and a Project Management Professional (PMP).

November 5, 2021
ANN O'BRIEN, Dist 1 Councilwoman City of Phoenix

Councilwoman Ann O'Brien is the newly elected representative of Council District 1.

She is an Arizona native and has been a resident of District 1 since 2004.  She made her mark in the community as an advocate for quality education--first as an active parent and volunteer in the Deer Valley Unified School District, and then as an elected Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) Governing Board Member in 2014. She was reelected to the DVUSD Board in 2018 and is currently the Governing Board President.

Councilwoman O'Brien's extensive volunteer service to her community includes providing support to students, teachers and staff as a committee member of the of the Stetson Hills Elementary School Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) and the Sandra Day O'Connor Academy of History Booster Club. In 2017, she was elected to the Arizona School Board Association (ASBA), where she is currently the President and the appointed chairperson of the 2020 Legislative Committee.  

Professionally, Councilwoman O'Brien is a proud Sun Devil, who has worked in project management with the Arizona Department of Child Support Enforcement and as a business broker for a local company.

With Council District 1 on the brink of great economic growth, Councilwoman O'Brien's focus will be preparing the community for incoming industries and developments in the area, ensuring that transportation, housing and key infrastructures are part of the overall plan. Equally important to her are the community's concerns surrounding homelessness and public safety. Her goal is to work closely with neighborhood associations and Block Watches to understand their issues and public safety needs and determine a roadmap that provides a strategy in finding solutions.

Family time is of great value to Councilwoman O'Brien. When she needs a refresh, she spends time with her husband of 27 years, Terry, along with their daughter, Amanda, and son, Thomas, both graduates of Sandra Day O'Connor High School and Northern Arizona University.