Board of Directors
January Contreras, JD – Founding Board Member
January Contreras is the co-founder of ALWAYS and an attorney committed to advancing the interests of women, children, and families in Arizona. January previously served as the Interim Director of the Halle Center for Family Justice, and before that she accepted an appointment in Washington, DC as the nation’s Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman. January also served as a Senior Advisor to Secretary Janet Napolitano and as a designee to the White House Council on Women and Girls. She used her leadership posts to launch the Combating Violence Against Women Initiative, which resulted in new training and resources to support the investigation and prosecution of crimes committed against immigrant victims, particularly battered women. January has also extensively served the State of Arizona as the leader of the Arizona Department of Health Services, a Health Policy Advisor to Governor Napolitano, and an Assistant Director at the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, Arizona’s Medicaid agency. In her early career, she worked with victims of crime as a Deputy County Attorney and Assistant Attorney General in Arizona. January is glad to have come full circle and be assisting victims of crime once again through ALWAYS. January earned her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Arizona.
Nancy Baldwin – Hickey Family Foundation
Nancy Baldwin is the Executive Director and a Trustee of the Hickey Family Foundation. Nancy has held high level administrative, sales, and marketing positions in higher education and private industry since 1973. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration, an A.A.S. in Marketing and A.A.S. in Management. In 2011, Nancy received her certification in nonprofit management from the Nonprofit Management Institute, ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation.
Dennis K. Burke – Global Securities and Intelligence Strategies
Dennis K. Burke is a Co-Founder of Global Securities and Intelligence Strategies. He has over 20 years of public service at both the Federal and State levels. In 2009, he was appointed as the United States Attorney for the District of Arizona. Mr. Burke was Chief of Staff to Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano from 2003 to 2008 after serving as the Chief Deputy in the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. He is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Arizona, and Senior Policy Analyst for the White House Domestic Policy Council. Mr. Burke has a B.A. from Georgetown University and received his law degree from the University of Arizona. Prior to his current position, he served Arizona State University’s College of Law as the Executive Director of the Diane Halle Center for Family Justice. Mr. Burke has received numerous awards and commendations for his years in public service, including the Public Advocate Award from Chicanos Por La Causa in Phoenix, Arizona.
Mary Mitchell – Girl Scouts of Arizona Cactus Pine Council
Mary has worked for GSACPC for 18 years holding various roles in the area of fund development, finance and community engagement. She has lived in the South Phoenix community for over 20 years. She brings with her a love for the community and the families that live there, as well as knowledge and skills related to community-building, collaborative practices, strategic framework development, and team-oriented practices.
Mary R. O’Grady, JD– Osborn Maledon
Mary O’Grady is a partner at Osborn Maledon where she works on civil litigation and appeals, with an emphasis on public law issues. She served as Arizona Solicitor General from August 2002 to March 2011. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and has received other national recognitions for her appellate and litigation work. She has significant experience with Arizona campaign finance and election laws and has worked on numerous constitutional challenges to state laws. She has worked on twelve cases on the merits before the United State Supreme Court. Mary earned her J.D. from Arizona State University and has an M.A. in History from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a B.A. in History from Arizona State University.Mary has spent most of her career in public service. Her work at Osborn Maledon has reflected that experience. For example, she is part of the Osborn Maledon team that has defended the Maricopa County Community College District’s policy that permits in-state tuition for DACA students. They were successful at the trial court, and the Attorney General’s appeal is pending. She is also one of the lawyers for the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission who successfully defended independent redistricting in Arizona. She has served on the State Bar’s Access to Justice Task Force, an ABA committee that files amicus briefs in cases that may impact the judiciary, and on local advisory boards supporting literacy and local history.
Beth Rosenberg, LCSW – Children’s Action Alliance
Beth Rosenberg has focused her career on advocacy and policy reform to make government systems more responsive to the needs of children and young adults. Beth is currently the Director of Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Policy at the Childrens Action Alliance. Beth has extensive experience in child welfare policy development and respected success in administrative and legislative advocacy. She joined CAA in 1997 and previously worked for the Department of Economic Security and the Arizona State Legislature. Beth holds a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.