Phoenix: Born of Ashes – Politics

Issues/Discussion Points

☼ Statehouse polarization
☼ Shifting political demographics
☼ City's rising national prominence

Politics Track: Keynote Speakers

List of 3 items.

  • SHERIFF PAUL PENZONE | March 1, 2022

    In 2016, Sergeant Paul Penzone of the Phoenix Police Department won a resounding victory against Joe Arpaio to become sheriff of Maricopa County. Since then, Sheriff Penzone has been working hard to undo the damage of the Arpaio legacy and bring a greater sense of fairness to the justice system of Phoenix. He will be speaking to the changing political interests of Arizona voters that propelled his success, as well as his reform efforts in the Arizona Justice and Immigration systems.
  • YANA KUNICHOFF | March 3, 2022

    Yana is a journalist and documentary producer who covers immigration, policing, education and social movements. Currently, she is an education reporter for the Arizona Republic, a special projects editor for Migratory Notes newsletter and board president of Borderless magazine. She has produced feature-length documentaries and a pop culture web series for Scrappers Film Group; worked as a fellow with City Bureau, where she won a Sidney Hillman award for an investigation into the Chicago police union; covered race and poverty issues for the Chicago Reporter and has overseen a team of reporters at The Moscow Times. Her freelance work has appeared in The Guardian, The Atlantic, Pacific Standard and Chicago magazine among others.
  • JOE RUSSELL '14 | March 7, 2022

    A Brophy alumnus (Class of 2014), Russell is legislative assistant to Senator Mark Kelly, covering issues related to appropriations, science and technology, government operations and politics, small business, transportation and public works, and telecommunications. After graduating from Brophy, Joe went on to George Mason University, where he received his B.A. in Government and International Politics. He previously served as legislative correspondent for Senator Kyrsten Sinema, and as field director for Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona’s 2nd District.