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 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 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 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 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 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.
Councilman Valenzuela has provided leadership on the Phoenix City Council since Jan. 3, 2012. He proudly represents District 5, which includes west and central Phoenix. Daniel has dedicated his entire life to public service. He currently is a special operations firefighter with a valley city. Daniel has become a leader in the local and national first responder community. He is the former president of the National Association of Hispanic Firefighters, representing nearly 30 chapters throughout the country. Prior to serving on the City Council, Daniel volunteered his time as a member of the Maryvale Village Planning Committee. Daniel also has volunteered with several community organizations, including Americans Taking Care of Americans, the Labor’s Community Service Agency and served on the 911 Memorial Commission.
Barbara’s leadership role in ALWAYS is no surprise given her long history of administering justice in service to the community. Barbara is a respected Judge who served in the Maricopa County Superior Court of Arizona from 1989 through her retirement in 2010. Her court experience includes a five-year term as the Presiding Judge for all trial courts in Maricopa County and extensive experience managing case assignments for civil, juvenile, family court, criminal, probate, and mental health as a trial judge. As a board member on the National Center for State Courts, she traveled to various countries to train judges abroad. From 2008 to 2011, she served on the executive session for court leaders for Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Barbara has been honored for her leadership by numerous organizations including the Girls Scouts and Valle del Sol. She was named one of Arizona’s 48 Most Intriguing Women during the State of Arizona’s Centennial celebration. She received her B.A. and J.D. degrees from Arizona State University.
Marissa brings her extensive experience in juvenile law to achieve the mission of ALWAYS. Marissa’s legal career has been devoted to helping juvenile victims of abuse and neglect in Arizona. Upon graduating from law school, she worked for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office in the Protective Services Section, Child and Family Division. While serving as an Assistant Attorney General, she represented the Arizona Department of Economic Security, Child Protective Services, in child dependency matters. She has also represented children directly, both as a court appointed Guardian ad Litem, representing children’s best interest to the court, and as a Juvenile’s Attorney. Marissa received her undergraduate degree from Earlham College and her Juris Doctor from Indiana University.
Erin joins ALWAYS as a full-time staff attorney, providing legal counsel related to family and immigration law. Erin’s legal career began more than a decade ago when she worked as a paralegal for the Office of Public Defender in her home state of Minnesota. That position launched her interest in providing legal services to those in need, and helped her realize a law degree could put her in a position that would allow her to be of service to others. During law school, Erin worked in the immigration legal services department at Journey’s End Refugee Services, a refugee resettlement agency in Buffalo, NY. She also clerked for a Family Court Judge and spent time working with Attorneys for the Child representing children in child custody matters. Prior to attending law school, Erin lived in Costa Rica for eight years and considers Costa Rica her family’s second home. Erin received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth and her Juris Doctor from SUNY Buffalo Law School.
Tangi is a recent law school graduate. Tangi began her career with ALWAYS as an intern and later accepted the role as a legal advocate. Tangi has always had a passion for working with young adults and children who are in need and hopes to continue her legal career helping those who are less fortunate. Tangi has a family law background. Prior to graduating law school, she worked as a senior paralegal for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office Child and Family Division, Child Support Section. Tangi received her masters and undergraduate degrees from University of Phoenix and her Juris Doctor from Arizona Summit Law School.
Adriana began her career with ALWAYS in 2015 when she interned and then became the organization’s first Legal Fellow. Adriana has an extensive career as a community organizer. She has had the opportunity to work in the West Valley and in Phoenix for various political and issue based campaigns.She was previously Project Coordinator for a non-profit program focused on criminal justice reform. She is an alumna of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and the Hispanic Leadership Institute. She looks forward to law school and subsequently a career in Civil Rights law.