Board of Directors

Christine Burton

Christine Burton is the co-founder of the Burton Family Foundation, and chairs the Foundation board. Support for innovative programs that promote equity and opportunity for underserved students, is a primary focus of the Burton Family Foundation’s philanthropic investments. In her role at the foundation, Ms. Burton works with district schools, charter schools, education foundations, universities, as well as non-profit organizations …
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Lon S. Babby

Following five years as President of Basketball Operations for the Phoenix Suns, Lon Babby recently completed a year as Senior Advisor. Identified as one of “Washington’s Top Lawyers” for media and sports law by Washingtonian magazine, one of the “20 Most Influential Agents” by Sports Business Journal and one of the 100 “most powerful in sports” by The Sporting News, …
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Kate Baker

Kate served as Vice President and Treasurer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ). In that role, Kate led a team responsible for strategic tax planning and compliance, risk management, and the administration of executive employee benefits. She also led the BCBSAZ investment team managing operating cash as well as long term investments for balance sheet portfolios for the …
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Dr. Chris Bustamante

Chris Bustamante, Ed.D., serves as President of Rio Salado College, the largest in headcount of the ten Maricopa Community Colleges located in metropolitan Phoenix, and one of the premier online education institutions in the nation. Rio Salado serves 51,000 credit and an additional 13,000 non-credit students annually, of which 40,000 are online students. Dr. Bustamante was appointed to this position …
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Tim DeSoto (Board Treasurer)

Tim DeSoto is a Director of Corporate Development/M&A at Walmart eCommerce. Prior to joining Walmart, he spent over a dozen years in New York City, working in eCommerce and digital media for Barnes & Noble and Dow Jones & Company.    Mr. DeSoto is a former scholar and current member of the Board of Directors of the Be A Leader Foundation (BALF) …
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Michael Trejo (Board Secretary)

Michael Trejo is a Vice President in Global Power & Renewables Investment Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) in New York. Michael rejoined BofAML in 2013 where he started as an Associate.   Previous positions include working as an Analyst in BofAML’s Global Commercial Real Estate Investment Banking Group in New York and serving as a graduate intern …
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Lori J.G. Taitano

Lori J. G. Taitano is the Executive Analyst and Chief Compliance Official for Public Affairs at the Salt River Project. Throughout her career, she has held a number of positions in Public Affairs, International Relations, Electronic Systems, Commercial New Business and Customer Services.    Prior to joining SRP, Lori worked with an affiliate of GE Capital Financial in Consumer Loans …
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Gary L. Trujillo (Board Chair)

Gary L. Trujillo founded Southwest Harvard Group (SHG) in 1990 and has served as the firm’s President & CEO since inception.   Southwest Harvard Group has a proven track record, due to its ability to manage the critical resources of its organization to profitability; in particular, these include the focus on its human and financial capital. In 1983, Mr. Trujillo …
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Melissa B. Trujillo

Melissa Trujillo is Co-founder and Executive Director of the Be A Leader Foundation which she and her husband created in 2002.  The Foundation is a platform for young aspiring students and serves as an incubator to develop academic and leadership skills required of elementary and high school students to become college bound, focused and prepared.   Mrs. Trujillo has been …
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