Keynote Speaker: Alberto Olivas, Director,
Center for Civic Participation
Maricopa Community College
Alberto Olivas is originally from Sierra Vista, Arizona, and serves as Director of the Center for Civic Participation (CCP) for the Maricopa Community College District. The CCP oversees civic education and leadership programs for the ten-college district, in addition to managing public engagement efforts on behalf of the Governing Board, Chancellor, and the ten college presidents. Alberto also represents the Maricopa Community Colleges on several national civic education initiatives including the American Commonwealth Partnership and the Democracy Commitment.
Alberto previously served on the cabinet of Arizona Governor Jane Dee Hull as Director of the Governor's Office of Equal Opportunity, and as State Voter Outreach Director for Arizona Secretary of State Betsey Bayless. He was a presenter to the National Governors' Association meeting in Annapolis, Maryland, and spoke about Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano's "Aging 2020" public engagement initiative regarding the role of state government in identifying and addressing the needs and opportunities of an aging population. Alberto gained experience in American Indian law and as a Tribal liaison on behalf of Secretary Bayless, Governor Hull, and as a member of the Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs (appointed by Governor Napolitano), and represents the Maricopa Community College District to the Arizona Tri Universities for Indian Education (ATUIE) network. He is also a founding member of the steering committee for the annual Statewide Summits of Arizona Community Colleges & Indian Nations and Tribes.
Alberto has also been involved in small/minority/women-owned business development initiatives dating back to his service as Vice President of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; as a member of the Maricopa County Supplier Diversity Parity Partners committee; and as a member of the Economic Development committee for the Mesa Association of Hispanic Citizens.
Alberto currently serves as board chairman for Kids Voting Arizona, and also serves on the boards of directors for Arizona Town Hall, Valley Leadership, and the Mesa Association of Hispanic Citizens. He has a B.A. Anthropology from Arizona State University, an M.Ed. Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, and is a graduate of the Tempe Leadership, Mesa Leadership, and Valley Leadership academies. He recently graduated in the inaugural class of the Flinn and Brown Foundations' Arizona Civic Leadership Academy, and was awarded the "40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40" recognition by the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; the "Public Service Leadership Award" by Valle del Sol, Inc., and has been given special recognition awards by the Arizona State University Public Allies program, and by the United Tribal Employees Coalition of the Maricopa Community Colleges.