Diana Rhoades, S. AZ Director of Strategies 360 at DGT

    August 15, 2016 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Dragon's View restaurant
    400 N Bonita Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85745
    $10 Chinese buffet cash, $12 credit/debit, $3.50 drink only
    Diana Rhodes
    Diana Rhoades

    “Strategies 360 is one of the country’s leading strategic positioning firms. With offices in Arizona, nine other Western states and Washington, D.C., we are experts at negotiating the political landscape, crafting content, building coalitions and targeting communications. We create the environment for our clients’ business and public policy successes.”http://www.strategies360.com/office/arizona/

    Diana Rhoades
    Southern Arizona Director

    “Growing up in a tiny farming town in Washington state, Diana never dreamed she would be able to advocate for the best people, places and projects in the West by simply staying true to her values of loyalty, compassion and hard work.

    Diana has managed a wide range of projects in Alaska, Arizona and Washington, DC, from directing campaigns and crafting policy at the local, state and national level, to generating media coverage and sales for business success. Her expertise is bringing diverse interests together to find common ground and creative solutions for complex community projects. She enjoys developing and managing outreach programs that influence, persuade and reinforce messages to strategic target audiences.

    Diana joined S360 after serving as campaign manager and chief of staff to Regina Romero, the first and only Latina elected to Tucson City Council. She worked on downtown revitalization, transportation infrastructure, business innovation, conservation and cultural diversity, and welcomes clients needing expertise in navigating city government. She has traveled extensively in Mexico and participates in international trade issues with the Arizona Mexico Commission.

    A graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage, Diana worked nine sessions in the Alaska State Legislature, serving as a trusted advisor to elected officials from Juneau to Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula, where she wrestled a 58-pound King salmon from the world-famous Kenai River. She spent two years in Washington DC influencing decision-makers in Congress and the Clinton Administration to implement the National Forest Roadless Policy and improve management of Alaska’s Tongass and Chugach National Forests.

    Diana can be reached at dianar@strategies360.com.”

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


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