Sonoran Institute Names New Board of Directors Officers

TUCSON, Ariz. (May 16, 2016) – Sonoran Institute, a non-profit organization that works at the intersection of commerce, communities and conservation in the North American West, has announced its Board of Directors leadership slate for the next two years.

Newly elected officers to the Sonoran Institute Board of Directors are: Chairman Chris Perez, The Perez Group; Vice Chairman Dan Kimball, retired, National Park Service; Treasurer Mary Alexander, DMB Associates, Inc.; and Secretary Laurinda Oswald, Southern Arizona cattle-ranch owner. Board officers, who were elected from the Board’s general membership, serve a two-year term. All of them are in new leadership positions.

“I’m honored to serve as Chair of the Board of Sonoran Institute,” said Perez, president of The Perez Group, a luxury residential real estate firm serving Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and the greater Northeast Phoenix luxury home market. “For 25 years, SI has been a leading source of education and empirical research about land and water use and conservation issues in the Western United States. Importantly, SI promotes civil discourse among various constituencies regarding these issues and works with communities to find meaningful, common-ground solutions. As we look to the next 25 years and beyond, our influence is more important than ever and we are excited and motivated to continue our valuable work and make a positive difference across our landscapes.”

Stephanie Sklar, Sonoran Institute CEO, said the Sonoran Institute Board of Directors is composed of smart, talented people from a variety of professional backgrounds who live in the West or have strong ties to the West. “They are an incredible, inspiring group of individuals who share a common bond in their mutual passion for helping communities of the West contribute to the vibrant economy of the region and, ultimately, to a future we can all embrace,” Sklar said. “We feel very fortunate to be able to harness their collective brain power, resources, and talents as we work together to create positive change.”