Faculty

The Honorable Chad Campbell

Chad Campbell is a lifelong Arizonan who has dedicated his life to making his native state a better place.  He served eight years in the Arizona House of Representatives, where he fought for common sense tax and economic policies, improving Arizona’s public education system, environmental protections, and ending the expansion of private prisons. In just his second term, Chad was picked by his Democratic peers to serve as the House Minority Whip, and went on to serve as the House Minority Leader for both of his last two terms. Throughout his time at the Legislature, Chad worked across the aisle whenever he could to improve Arizona – most notably working with then Governor Jan Brewer to expand Medicaid to an additional 400,000 Arizonans.  One of his proudest achievements while in the Arizona House was his successful fight against the anti-LGBT Senate Bill 1062, which ultimately resulted in the bill being vetoed.

In addition to his work at the Arizona Legislature, Chad has extensive experience in the non-profit and private sectors. Chad previously worked as Community Outreach Director for Children’s Action Alliance and has worked on political campaigns at all levels of government. He is currently a Senior Vice-President at Strategies 360, one of the nation’s leading public affairs firms based in Seattle, Washington with offices in 11 states and Washington, D.C. In his role at Strategies 360, Chad works with political, corporate, and non-profit clients in addressing their communications, regulatory, and public affairs needs.  

A born-and-bred Arizonan and graduate of Moon Valley High School and Northern Arizona University, Chad is currently an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University, where he teaches a class on public policy development. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Arizona Center for Economic Progress and the Community Leadership Council for United Blood Services of Arizona.  In his rare downtime, he can be found mountain biking, camping or fishing in Arizona’s great outdoors, cheering on the Diamondbacks, or home-brewing up his latest batch of beer.

Chad is a past member of the LFC Board of Directors, a trainer for the LFC Candidate Training Program, and a member of the LFC Leaders Fellowship Faculty for more than five years.

Julie Rivera Horwin

Julie has served with LFC since its inception.  The Past-President of Arizona Education Association-Retired, she represents over 2400 members.  As 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.

The Honorable Virginia Yrun

Now serving as a private consultant, Virginia is a visionary community leader.  In addition to serving as faculty for Leading For Change, she serves on the Board of Directors for 

the Industrial Development Authority of Pima County, Family Housing Resource, and 

the Tucson Committee on Foreign Relations.  

Virginia served as CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southern Arizona and of the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault. She was founding director of the Arizona Health Policy and Law Institute, a statewide collaborative health policy and law institute that identified pressing health policy issues and convened multidisciplinary teams to address them.  

Virginia served as an Arizona State Senator from 2001-02. She chaired the Joint Committee on Caregiver Workforce Development and served as co-chair of the Senate Insurance Committee.   

She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona College of Law and in 2006 earned an LLM in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy from the same institution. 

Virginia has been a member of the LFC faculty since the organization’s inception.

Kweli Kitwana

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.

Michelle Steinberg

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.

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