Meet the Party Leaders
For more than 35 years, Bill Roe has dedicated himself to improving Arizona’s environment and championing land conservation efforts. Bill has served on the boards of directors of the Arizona League of Conservation Voters, served two six-year terms on the Arizona State Parks Board, served on the Arizona Land and Water Trust Board, and dedicated years to long-term service as a leader in developing the Nature Conservancy in Arizona. More recently, he served as Arizona's Democratic National Committeeman, and upon his election as Chair, became the first Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party from outside Maricopa County in a generation. Bill graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio and received his law degree from Columbia University. He and his wife, Alice, have been married for 45 years and have two children and three grandchildren.
First Vice Chairwoman
A native Arizonan, Alexis Tameron was born and raised in the mining town of Superior. She has worked in government, public policy and electoral politics for over a decade, serving in various management capacities at the congressional, state and local level. Most recently, Alexis served as the 2012 statewide Campaign Manager for Dr. Richard Carmona’s U.S. Senate race – an effort that captured more votes statewide than any other Democratic candidate in Arizona history. Alexis also worked for Harry Mitchell’s 2006 congressional campaign, an effort that resulted in the upset victory over six-term incumbent J.D. Hayworth. She served as Congressman Mitchell’s first District Director before becoming his Chief of Staff in Washington. Alexis graduated from Arizona State University and attended the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University as a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow. She resides in Tempe and works as a public affairs professional for an Arizona-based technology company.
Jane Grew up in the Midwest, spent five years overseas and lived in six other states before calling Arizona home some eight years ago. Her background is in English and communications. Her education degree is from the University of Minnesota. She has always been a Democrat. She names her cats Hubert and Humphrey, voted for Jimmy Carter as a member of Democrats Abroad, ran for the State Board of Education in Colorado, and learned a thing or two about redistricting in Texas. In Arizona, she was chair of the "old" LD11 and now serves as Second Vice-Chair of LD28. As a neighborhood Organizeer during the 2012 campaign, she helped to re-elect Dr. Eric Meyer to the State House and elect Kyrsten Sinema to Congress as the first representative of the new CD9. She believes in "liberty and justice for all." her issues? Support for public education and immigration reform.
Rick McGuire is an Executive Producer at Health & Medical Multimedia and Executive Editor of the several monthly publications including the cardiology magazine, CardioSource WorldNews. He co-authored the Democratic PC Handbook and Resource Guide that is used here in Arizona as well as in several other states. For more than a decade, Rick has travelled Arizona, on behalf of the party, to train treasurers and other leaders on Managing Money in Politics: How to win Elections and Stay Out of Jail as well as conduct general PC training. Rick is married to Anne Greenberg, a past vice chair of the state party and the current President of the Paradise Valley Unified School District Governing Board. They have two sons.
Senior Vice Chairman
James P. Walsh is a life long Democrat who moved to Arizona in 1970 after graduating from the University of Chicago Law School. His mentors include John P. Frank, Morris Udall and Cecilia Esquer. In 1974 he was elected to the Arizona State Senate where he served one term. During this time he also was elected to be a vice chair of the State Party. He Co-chaired Mo Udall's 1984 Favorite Son campaign. He joined Mayor Terry Goddard's staff at the City of Phoenix in 1984. He has been involved in numerous presidential, congressional, state and local campaigns. In 2002 he ran for the Arizona Corporation Commission. He joined Attorney General Terry Goddard's office and eventually became his Chief Deputy and then Special Counsel for Southern Arizona. He left that post to become the Pinal County Attorney in 2007. He was elected to that office in 2008, but lost the recent election in 2012. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Prescott College and also for the Dougherty Foundation. Walsh lives in Oracle, Arizona with his wife Judy who is an artist. He has three grown children and seven grandchildren.
Lauren Kuby is a long-time leader of Tempe Democrats. She recently served as the 1st Vice Chair of Maricopa County Democrats, where she shared best practices among LDs and engaged citizens in the independent-redistricting process. Lauren was a charter member of the grassroots group Arizonans for Obama, organized Women for Obama, volunteered in five states, and was a delegate to the DNC in 2008 and 2012. She was the communications director for Ed Ableser's and David Schapira's legislative campaigns, hosted dozens of fundraisers for candidates up and down the ballot and was the finance director for David Schapira's Congressional campaign. Outside her own district, she volunteered and planned events for the Stanton and Recall Pearce campaigns and started the AZ Chapter of Dogs Against Romney. Lauren applies her fundraising, event-planning, and organizing skills to her community. The Arizona Republic has named her one of the "Top 5 People Who Made a Difference in Tempe," siting her advocacy on homelessness and climate change, as well as her tireless devotion in election Democrats.
Barbara was born into a liberal political family and has continued the tradition, working for many candidates and issues over the years, including Howard Dean and Barack Obama. In 2012 she ran LD3 Sen. Olivia Cajero Bedford’s campaign, and worked actively for Rep. Stephanie Mach in LD10 and Mohur Sidhwa who almost won in LD9. She was LD 27 Secretary for four years and Pima County Democratic Party Secretary for four years and Democratic Jane-of-all-Trades throughout. She is active in Election Integrity matters and serves on the Pima County Election Integrity Commission. Professionally, she worked for Southwest Environmental Service, Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, Planned Parenthood, U. of A. Water Resources Research Center, and Prescott College -Tucson. She has written and edited books and articles on environmental and historical topics. She is passionate about civil liberties, the environment, public schools, peace, and social justice.
Matt Kopec was born in Tucson, AZ. He previously served as the Chair of LD 10 from 2010-2012 and as its Treasurer from 2009-2010. He managed Shirley Scott’s successful race for reelection to the Tucson City Council in 2011 and guided David Bradley’s campaign to victory in the LD 10 Senate race in 2012. Also in 2012 Matt served as the Chair of the City of Tucson Ward Redistricting Committee and attended the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte as a delegate. He also served as the paid canvass director in CD 2 for the 2012 election. Matt currently serves on the 2012 $100 million Bond Oversight Commission for the City of Tucson. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science and Sociology in 2011. He also holds his private pilot’s license.
Phil Lopes (LO-pus) served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2003 to 2011 and as Leader of House Democrats from 2005-2009. He worked in the health sector in Arizona for more than 25 years as an administrator, as a health planner, and as Assistant Director of the AZ Dept. of Health Services. Phil came to Tucson in 1969 to help start Pima Community College. He is a former Senior Lecturer at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Assistant Director of the UA Rural Health Office, and is a founding faculty member of the UA College of Public Health. He was among the first 27 people invited to be a Peace Corps Volunteer in 1961. He served in Colombia. He was the Director of Peace Corps in Ecuador and Brazil in the late 70s. Phil has a BA in Latin American Studies from UCLA, and an MA in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He speaks fluent Portuguese and Spanish. He and his wife Pam reside in Tucson and have two adult children and two grandchildren.
Roman Ulman is married to Irene for 49 years. They have four children, eleven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. He is a graduate of Wayne State University with a B A Degree and a Major in Political Science. Roman worked in Recorders Court in Detroit. He was the Deputy Director of the Detroit Civic Center Department, and the Acting Deputy Director of the Public Lighting Department. He is the Executive Director of the AFSCME Arizona People Conference. He served as the President of Local 1329 Detroit Court and Clerical Employees and negotiated their first contract with a city department. He has been active in organized labor for 48 years. Roman has spent 50 years in community service. He served on the Grand Valley State University Board of Control, the City of Mesa Parks Board, and the Master Plan Committee. He also served on several Arizona State and Maricopa County Boards.
Affirmative Action Moderator
Originally from Des Moines Iowa, C.J. Carenza has called Phoenix home since 1995. C.J. first became active in the Arizona Democratic Party when he was elected as the first Secretary of the LGBT Caucus. He served as Secretary until 2011, and has served as Chair since then. C.J. also served six months as the Affirmative Action Moderator in 2010 after the resignation of Gerald Richard. Locally, C.J. has served on the Executive Board of his legislative district since 2009, and was elected as Chair in 2013. In 2012, C.J. was elected as one of the two males delegates to represent Representative Ed Pastor's district (CD7) at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC. Outside the political arena, C.J. has been in the mortgage and finance industry since 2000, and is currently the Ops Manager for Scout Mortgage in Scottsdale. C.J. lives in Phoenix’s historic F.Q. Story Neighborhood with his two dogs.
Kate Gallego has served the Democratic Party as the Chair of the Maricopa County Candidate Recruitment Committee, President of the Young Democrats of Arizona, and party staff. She recruited the only Democratic woman who currently represents all of Maricopa County and the first openly LGBT Maricopa County official. She is active in the City of Phoenix, having been the longest serving Chair of the Phoenix Environmental Quality Commission. She has led efforts to bring more renewable energy to Phoenix and to make the city more pedestrian and bicycle friendly. Mayor Stanton appointed her as Vice Chair of PlanPHX, the Phoenix General Plan, and she serves on the Central City Village Planning Commission. She works in long-term planning economic development, helping companies grow and bringing new ones to the Phoenix area. She would like to see Phoenix host the 2016 Democratic Convention.
Carolyn Warner was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma to Democratic State Senator U.T. Rexroatand Mary Tullis. Carolyn attended the inauguration of President Harry S. Truman as youth representative (and danced with the President at his Inaugural Ball). After moving to Arizona, Carolyn became active in its Democratic Party. She was elected Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1974, 1978, and 1982. She ran for the U.S. Senate in 1976 and was Democratic nominee for Governorship of Arizona in 1986. She was Elected Democratic National Committeewoman in 2004 and most recently in 2008. She is actively involved in many local organizations such as Arizona Center for After School Excellence, Arizona List, Arizona Women's Forum, Arizona Educational Foundation, Children’s Action Alliance, Dean's Associates for Educational Advancement at Arizona State University, EMERGE, and Jobs for America's Graduates.
Luis Heredia works as the government relations director for the Torres Consulting and Law Group. He works with clients to build and manage comprehensive political strategies. His political management background includes both developing high-level strategy as Arizona Democratic Party's former executive director and, earlier in his career, coordinating grassroots efforts. Heredia has worked as a senior congressional aide to Congressman Raul Grijalva and as a public affairs director for Union Pacific Railroad's Arizona and New Mexico operations. Heredia's experience as an elected official began at 24, when Yuma residents elected him to the Somerton Elementary School District's governing board. In 2005, the Arizona Democratic Party named Heredia its Young Democrat of the Year. A first generation American from a Mexican immigrant farm worker family, Heredia graduated as a Leadership Scholar from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in History. Later, he completed a master's degree in Public Administration at Indiana University. The Chicano Faculty and Staff Association recognized Heredia with the Robert L. Pastor Outstanding Undergraduate Award. He was also named a Woodrow Wilson/Public Policy and International Affairs fellow.