Meet the Team


Petra Falcon

Petra Falcon

Executive Director

Veteran organizer, activist and community leader with a long record of developing powerful grassroots strategies. Falcon grew up in the Grand Canyon State as a fourth-generation Arizonan. She first began working in Arizona in a sweatshop in Glendale as a young girl of 13.  From her earliest experience she learned the value of access to education and opportunity, and the social inequities and violence that result from the systemic denial of such opportunities. She has devoted her life to ensuring and expanding access to opportunities for the underserved, having achieved significant victories over her 25 years organizing within faith, Latino, and immigrant communities in Arizona and the Southwest. Her work has included traditional grassroots organizing, institutional capacity building, faith community engagement and electoral organizing.







Valeria Howard 

Strategic Planning

I go by Valeria. I was born in El-Paso, Texas and migrated to Arizona when I was six years old. I consider myself a true Phoenician. I graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Bachelors in Business Administration and a minor in Psychology. I worked at the State Capital for three years as a legislative assistant, Spanish translator, and constituent service liaison. I am a wife to an amazing husband and a mother to a little boy and a little girl. I believe it is important to pave the way for our youth and encourage them to be involved. I am the strategic planner for Promise Arizona; which means I aid our Executive Director in any capacity along with our PAZ Team. My most favorite thing about being part of PAZ is organizing community events. PAZ means community engagement, voting because it counts, and family. 




Arturo Carrillo

Community Education Programs Coordinator

English Innovations and Adult Education

I am a native of Arizona. In the 60's, I attended Abraham Lincoln School in the Phoenix Elementary School District, which was located on the corner of 11th street and Henshaw, which is longer there. The name of the road was changed to Buckeye Road.  Years later, my family moved to South Phoenix near 16th Street and Roeser Road.  I attended Roosevelt School, in the Roosevelt School District and then South Mountain High School.  After high school I attended various community colleges in Phoenix and finally transferred to Arizona State University in Tempe and received my B.A. in Elementary Education.  I worked for Murphy Elementary School District since 1975 and retired in 2015. South Phoenix has been a wonderful place, that had Japanese flower gardens and orchards of orange blossom trees. It"s time to make it better and maintain the culture and history of South Phoenix Community.






Manuel Gutierrez

Legal Immigration Resources - Immigration Specialist

I am the Immigrant Assistance coordinator at Promise Arizona. I can help people with naturalization, DACA, and other immigration issues, along with Maria and our volunteers we conduct free citizenship workshops around the Valley, take note, there might be one near you soon! I am passionate about humanitarian aid and sustainability, I have been a volunteer in the past for PAZ, Chispa, Trans Queer Pueblo and the Mexican Red Cross. I like to read about immigration, world issues, philosophy, and religion. I moved to the US in 2013 and I consider myself an immigrant blessed with the gift of public education. 







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