On October 5, 2015, Executive Director Ambassador Kurt Volker moderated the 2015 International State of the State Luncheon with Governor Doug Ducey. The luncheon, hosted by the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, built on the themes of previous years: international economic, business and political engagement between Arizona and the world.
About Governor Doug Ducey
Governor Doug Ducey was elected on November 4, 2014 and sworn into office on January 5, 2015. Governor Ducey’s priorities are growing the economy, creating jobs, improving outcomes in K-12 education and balancing the budget. A champion of limited government, economic development and Arizona businesses and families, Governor Ducey has pledged to work every day to ensure “Opportunity for All.”
Prior to taking his oath, Governor Ducey served as Arizona’s state treasurer, a position he held since his oath of office in January 2011. As Arizona’s chief banker and investment officer, Governor Ducey managed more than $13 billion in state assets and served as an investment manager for local governments. He also served as chairman of Arizona’s State Board of Investment and State Loan Commission, as Arizona’s Surveyor General and was a member of the State Land Selection Board.
About Ambassador Kurt Volker
Ambassador Kurt Volker is Executive Director of The McCain Institute for International Leadership. He served as U.S. Ambassador to NATO in 2008-2009. Since leaving government, he has been involved with a variety of think-tank and business consulting activities. He remains active as a Senior Advisor to the Atlantic Council, and a Senior Fellow with the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. He has previously served as Managing Director – International for BGR Group and Senior Advisor at McLarty Associates. Ambassador Volker is on the Board of the Wall Street Fund, and is a Trustee of the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, France. Read his full bio here.