The Honorable Chad Campbell
Chad Campbell is an Arizona native with over twenty years of experience in public affairs, campaign management, and issue advocacy.
In the early 2000’s, Chad led community engagement and outreach programs for various non-profit organizations. His work focused on coalition-building, community organizing, and issue advocacy. He also was one of the leading campaign consultants during this time, racking up various wins at both the local and state level.
In 2006, Chad was elected to the Arizona Legislature where he served eight years in the State House, representing parts of Downtown Phoenix, East Phoenix, West Phoenix, and Scottsdale. In his second term he was elected by his peers to serve as the Caucus Whip. In both his third and fourth terms he was elected by his peers to serve as the House Democratic Leader, becoming one of the youngest Minority Leaders in the history of Arizona.
During his eight years in the legislature, Chad was viewed as a progressive and outspoken leader, but one who governed through a pragmatic lens and could work in coalitions and across the aisle on a consistent basis. Most notably, during his time as the House Democratic Leader he worked with Governor Brewer and a coalition of Democrats and Republicans to pass Medicaid expansion. He was also a constant advocate for an expansive array of bipartisan issues, including small business advocacy, renewable energy, education, free speech, and equal rights. Throughout his legislative career, Chad developed a reputation as a lawmaker who relished tackling the tough issues.
After leaving the legislature Chad moved into the private sector working on high profile issues for several national public affairs consulting firms. In 2022, he co-founded Lumen Strategies, where he will continue to work on improving Arizona through a wide range of issues for public, non-profit, and private sector clients.
In addition to his professional and elected office experience, he’s been an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University, served on more non-profit boards than he can remember, and actively participates in both the Leading for Change Fellowship and Flinn-Brown Academy in mentoring current and future leaders for the state. In his rare downtime, you will most likely find him and his wife exploring the great outdoors on their mountain bikes or kayaks, cheering on the Diamondbacks and Suns, or checking out the newest local brewery or restaurant.
Ne’Lexia Galloway currently serves as the Executive Director for the Maricopa County Democratic Party where she focuses on electing candidates for countywide positions. She previously served as the Black Outreach Representative for a Congressional office where she monitored, reviewed, and recommended policies that affect directly impacted communities. She has been successful in igniting passion and engaging others to build a more equitable community.
She has extensive political experience in developing campaign plans, field plans, and fundraising plans for individuals in electoral campaigns across the state of Arizona. Since 2018, she has trained the next generation of leaders in community and constituent engagement with Leading For Change and launched corporate programs with American Family Insurance to promote employee civic engagement. In 2019, Ne’Lexia, as the Arizona State Manager for the DNC Organizing Corps 2020 program, directed a team of 24 individuals that planned, led, and executed community organizing that resulted in a 10% voter turnout increase for the 2020 presidential election, as well as assisted MCDP with the voter purge list.
Ne’Lexia has demonstrated her commitment to growth and development in multiple communities’ while being a trusted game changer that handles a high level of responsibility. As the Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party Young Black Caucus, she developed programming to cultivate, mentor, and train young black leaders. She also created a strategy to increase diversity and inclusion on boards and commissions in the State of Arizona for Black millennials, as well as advance opportunities for women.
In an effort to increase millennial civic awareness and involvement, Ne’Lexia developed the “In Living Color” Civic Participation Conference in partnership with the State of Black Arizona and Maricopa Community College District. She continued her efforts in 2020 by creating the largest virtual Get Out to Vote rally in Arizona, for Tomorrow We Vote, featuring Secretary Julian Castro, Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Congresswoman Cori Bush, Angelica Ross, and others.
She has infused her knowledge and experience into communities to develop tools and techniques to promote civic education, create leadership opportunities, and train communities on governance, policy, and politics. She is a trusted member of the community and recognized for her commitment in engaging all generations in progressive politics.
Ne’Lexia has a Master’s in Public Administration from Grand Canyon University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, with a specialization in Leadership and Organization from Howard Payne University.
Julie Rivera Horwin
Julie has served with LFC since its inception. The Past-President of Arizona Education Association-Retired, she is a current member of the NEA Board of Directors. She represents 4 million educators across the U.S. She taught in the Arizona public education school system for over 20 years. She's an expert trainer on organizational change, leadership development, consensus building and collaboration for organizations and businesses. She cofounded the Arizona Retirement Security Coalition and sits on several progressive coalitions in our state. In 2021 Julie started Fair Districts Arizona, a nonprofit where she coached applicants for the 2021 Independent Redistricting Commission through their application process, and interviews. Julie also serves LFC on staff overseeing marketing and training development.
Michelle Steinberg has been a member of the LFC Faculty team for three years. Her almost 30 years in non-profit management and public policy includes having served as the Public Policy Director for Planned Parenthood Arizona, Executive Director of Kids Voting, and Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council for the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix. Ms. Steinberg serves as the Treasurer of the LFC Board of Directors and provides consulting on social justice activism.
Kweli Kitwana (Advisor)
Kweli Kitwana is the founder and owner of Movement Insight, LLC, a consulting firm dedicated to helping organizations improve their effectiveness, expand their reach, and maximize resources through a customized and strategic approach. Current and past clients include (not limited to):
Urban Habitat, Oakland, CA, as Political Leadership Fellowship Advisor
Midwest Academy, Chicago, Il, Lead Adjunct Trainer
HTA Consulting, Berkeley, CA, City of Richmond Community Needs Assessment Project Lead
City of Gastonia, NC, DEI Consultant
Senior Services Coalition of Alameda County Oakland, Policy and Advocacy Lead
Maryland Hunger Action, Baltimore, MD, Advisor and Lead Strategist
Youth Spirit Artworks, Berkeley, CA, Lead Trainer
CA State University, Sacramento, CA, CA Dept. of Public Health Adjunct Faculty
Prior to the start of Movement Insight, Kweli served in a number of leadership positions. These include serving as the Associate Director for the Midwest Academy; Talent Director of the “Women are Watching” campaign for the Planned Parenthood Federation Action Fund; Vice President of Political Programs at the Progressive Majority; Deputy Director of the Center for Progressive Leadership; and National Field Director for U.S. Action.
Kweli grew up in Chicago, and started her career as a community organizer and local campaign worker early. She has a BA in Sociology from DePaul University as well as an Associates of Fine Art/Studio Art from Maryland College School of Art and Design. She has worked with numerous grassroots organizations throughout her career. She currently lives in Berkeley; CA where she stays tapped into local organizing in her own neighborhood and city.
Kweli has been a member of the LFC Advisory Council for eight years, where she volunteers her time to assist LFC in the honing of their program curricula.