ANNA WHITING SORRELL
Anna Whiting Sorrell is a policy advisor to Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer with areas of responsibility for health and human services, corrections and labor. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Governor Schweitzer’s internal council to ensure coordinated government-to-government relationships with the State of Montana’s tribal nations. During the 2004 presidential campaign, she served as John Kerry / John Edwards’ national Native American outreach coordinator. Prior to her appointment by Governor Schweitzer, she was employed by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) in a variety of positions including teaching at the Tribes’ alternative school, director of substance abuse program and finally as an advisor to the Tribal Council on issues of self-governance, health, human services and many other areas. Anna is an enrolled member of the CSKT. She and her husband have three wonderful children.
Bill Roe has a long history of public service, particularly in the environmental arena. For more than 30 years, he has served as a consultant or volunteer with a wide variety of non-profit groups in the natural resource area, including the Arizona State Parks Board, the Arizona Outdoor Recreation Coordinating Commission, and the Pima County Open Space Commission. He has also served on the Greater Tucson Economic Council, and the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System for Arizona Game & Fish. Mr. Roe is currently the Chair of the Pima County Conservation Acquisition Commission, and a member of the Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities Economic Steering Committee and Arizona League of Conservation Voters. He graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio, and received his law degree from Columbia University.
Edward Romero is a native New Mexican. He was the U.S. ambassador to Spain in 1998 and headed several delegations to Mexico to forge the relationships necessary to expand business opportunities. He was also a member of the U.S. delegation to the Helsinki accords. Mr. Romero was the founder and chief executive officer of Advanced Sciences, Inc.He also founded the Albuquerque Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is currently on the boards of several Hispanic and Latin American business and cultural associations and foundations. In his civic and community pursuits, he has been recognized by organizations as diverse as the National Kidney Foundation, New Mexico's Air National Guard and the New Mexico Anti-Defamation League.
FRANKIE SUE DEL PAPA
Frankie Sue del Papa is a native Nevadan. She was elected and served as a regent of the University of Nevada system, Secretary of State and three terms as Attorney General. She lives and practices law in Reno, Nevada and is active in many environmental and other civic issues
FRED DUVAL, President
Fred DuVal lives in Phoenix, AZ. and serves as the president of the board of Western
Progress. He is the president of DuVal and Associates, a consulting firm focusing on
intergovernmental relations. Mr. DuVal was appointed by Governor Janet Napolitano
to the Arizona State Board of Regents, which oversees the three state universities, and
to the Commerce and Economic Development Commission, which is responsible for
directing Arizona's economic development strategy.
For more than 25 years, Mr. DuVal has been involved in state, federal and foreign
policy, with a particular focus on health care, education, economic development and
natural resources. He was a top assistant to Governor Bruce Babbitt from 1980-85,
responsible for legislative programs. In 1997, he was named by President Clinton to be
White House deputy director of intergovernmental affairs, responsible for the policy
relationship between the federal government and governors, mayors, county elected
officials, and Native American tribes. From 1993-1996, he served as deputy chief of
protocol of the United States, reporting to the president and Secretary of State Warren
Christopher. In this capacity, he organized and hosted the visits of foreign leaders to
Washington and managed diplomatic accreditation for the United States.
Maggie Fox is a conservationist and attorney from Boulder, CO. She currently serves as
the president of America Votes. Previously, she served as deputy executive director of
the Sierra Club, where she worked for more than 20 years leading numerous national
political and environmental campaigns. She held a number of positions at the Sierra
Club, including director of the Southwest regional office and senior issues specialist on
western public lands and resources. Ms. Fox has worked extensively on issues as varied
as global warming and energy policy, growth and sprawl, and western public lands
and water resources.
Ned Farquhar is the western energy and climate advocate for the Natural Resources Defense Council, where he develops strategies to support regional climate and renewable energy policies. Previously he served for three years as a senior advisor for energy and environment to New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson where he structured and implemented the governor’s clean energy campaign. He was a program officer for western lands for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, executive director of 1000 Friends of New Mexico, executive director of Vermont Natural Resources Council and taught at the University of Vermont.