Stand Announces Two Strong Additions to Team

Current Events & News | 01/23/2017

Patrick McReynolds Arizona Marketing & Communications Director

As Marketing and Communications Director, Patrick spreads the message about the good Arizona parents and students are doing, and ways the state could help them and their teachers do even better.

PHOENIX (January 23) – Stand for Children Arizona is proud to announce two additions to our team, who will significantly increase our ability to improve the quality of education in our state, as well as expand access for children dreaming of a college or post-secondary degree.

Stacey Morley is our new Government Affairs Director.  It would be very difficult to find any significant education policy in Arizona in the last several years that Morley hasn’t helped create or improve. 

She began her love of education policy as a legislative intern for the Senate Education Committee while studying to be a teacher at the University of Arizona.

Most recently, Morley worked at the Arizona Education Association as the Government Relations Director.  During that time, she played an integral part in negotiating the settlement to the inflation funding lawsuit, which resulted in Proposition 123.  As the Director of Policy Development and Government Relations with the Arizona Department of Education (ADE), she served as the Superintendent’s chief policy advisor, overseeing school finance, working closely with both state and federal elected officials, and representing the Superintendent on various boards and task forces.

Prior to joining ADE, Morley staffed the Senate Education, Accountability, and Reform Committee. Stacey also oversaw the Executive Budget for Education, as part of Governor Napolitano’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting. Stacey earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Arizona and received her Juris Doctor and Master’s in Public Administration and Policy from Cleveland State University.

Melissa Molina joins the team as Stand’s Development Manager.  Molina was born in Mesa and raised in Arlington, Arizona. She received her Master’s in Educational Leadership in 2004, after attaining a B.A. in Spanish and a minor in Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona University in 2000.

Molina’s career has taken many impressive turns, first with the judicial system in Arizona, and then to California, where she worked with the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) in Los Angeles, and then as the Sr. Development Associate and Grant Administrator at A Place Called Home (APCH) in South Central L.A. 

In 2010, she joined the UFW Foundation (UFWF) as the Arizona State Director, providing low-cost legal immigration services.

Four years later, she continued her advocacy work as the Center Director for Immigration and Citizenship Legal Assistance in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. But thankfully for Stand for Children, she felt a strong desire to come home and be closer to her family.

“We couldn’t be happier to welcome Stacey Morley and Melissa Molina into the Stand family.  There is already a need to determine the future of Proposition 301 and hammer out a long-term funding solution for Arizona’s children.  Stacey and Melissa add so much value to that discussion and have already shown an eagerness to dive in and get things done,” said Rebecca Gau, Stand for Children Arizona Executive Director.


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