VP of Finance & Secretary Elect

Heather Thornton – She, her, hers,

Heather Thornton brings fifteen years of dynamic professional experience in developing and implementing internal and external strategic communications that support brand-building and business objectives for complex organizations across corporate and social sectors, including Fortune 100 companies, and in-house and agency capacities. She balances creative and critical thinking to help clients and teams harness the power of communications, PR, and marketing to support organizational goals and reputation.

After earning her bachelor’s degree from Wagner College and working for global firms and brands in New York City, Heather relocated to her hometown of Phoenix in 2013. Since then, she gained nonprofit experience and homed in on purposeful work with missions that align with her values of community development and environmental sustainability–she feels strongly about and is deeply engaged in the advancement of Arizona. Notably, Heather was the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications for the local Arizona Cactus-Pine Girl Scouts Council for nearly seven years. In November 2021, she assumed the Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications position for the Center for the Future of Arizona with great excitement to develop its brand and marketing/communications functions. She also serves on the board of Phoenix Music Conservatory, a 501 ©(3) providing free and low-cost music lessons and programs for K-12 kids.

Heather is adventurous and will try almost anything at least once. She is an avid foodie and home chef and has been developing some technical skills through a classic French culinary course in her free time. She has a background in musical theatre and the arts and replenishes energy by seeing shows and visiting galleries and museums. Heather resides in Moon Valley with her husband and loves being outdoors, whether relaxing, hiking, swimming, playing tennis or badminton.