PHOENIX, Ariz. (Jan. 16, 2024) — Valley Partnership, the premier advocacy group for responsible development in the Valley, has selected the Class of 2024 ADVOCATES Program.

The Class of 2024 features 30 real estate, government affairs, financial, legal, and development professionals ages 35 and under. This is the 9th class of the ADVOCATES program, which was started in 2013 as a way to mentor the future leaders of the industry. Program participants spend the year learning from industry experts and networking with peers in the Valley.

“We are thrilled to welcome the newest class to the Valley Partnership ADVOCATES program,” said Clark Princell, President and CEO of Valley Partnership. “These young professionals are making great strides within their respective industries and will soon be leading important projects and initiatives within our community. We look forward to an exciting year of mentorship and networking ahead.”

The Class of 2024 includes:

  • Madelaine Bauer, Quarles & Brady LLP
  • Luke Capen, Evergreen Devco
  • Morgan Carr, Cox Communications
  • Krystal Carraway, The Weitz Company
  • Josh Condon, Trademark Visual
  • Haley Conway, HILGARTWILSON
  • Guadalupe Ortiz Cortez, City of Goodyear
  • Quinne Daoust, Bergin, Frakes, Smalley & Oberholtzer
  • Travis G Dunn, Dibble
  • David Fallon, Howard Hughes Corporation
  • Austin Finch, Vestar
  • Amy Forsythe, Southwest Traffic Engineering
  • Ryan Hankins, Project Executive, Clayco
  • Jake Hollingsworth, Okland Construction
  • Aaron C. Jones, Alexander Building Company
  • Julianna Morton, RED Development
  • Austin ‘Sal’ Navarro, Ashton Woods
  • Luke Roberts, RYAN Companies
  • Brandon Samwick, El Dorado Holdings
  • Sarah Shambrook, Dominium
  • Nathan Shooks, Harvard Investments
  • Braxton Smith, Arizona State University
  • Rachael Smith, Norris Design
  • Jen Springman, Horizon Strategies
  • Joe Striler, FENNEMORE
  • Jonathan Teeter, CBRE
  • Hayden Thomson, FirstBank
  • Violet Thornton, Manager of Design and Construction, Kitchell
  • Jenner Van Kleunen, Preconstruction / Project Manager, Chasse Building Team
  • Meg Zemlicka, Economic Development Specialist, City of Tempe

Participation in the ADVOCATES program includes monthly, in-depth learning sessions that focus on various topics including industrial, retail, and mixed-use high-rise infill development covering acquisition, capitalization, development, design, construction, and disposition.

The sessions will be led by subject matter experts with Valley Partnership Board Member Taylor Alvey, Vice President of Leasing at Vestar, serving as the ADVOCATES Board liaison, and Dylan Whitwer, Vice President, NAI Horizon as Co-Chair.


About Valley Partnership:

Valley Partnership is the Valley of the Sun’s Premier Advocacy Group for Responsible Development. In its representation of the commercial, industrial and master planned real estate development industry, Valley Partnership presents a balanced, pro-development perspective and the Valley’s best industry education and networking opportunities. For more information about Valley Partnership and upcoming events, visit