Team

Emily Kirkland, Executive Director

Emily came into organizing and politics through the climate movement and spent four years in New England leading campaigns to shut down coal plants, stop new natural gas pipelines and push for fossil fuel divestment, clean energy and environmental justice. She started as co-director of Progress Arizona in 2017 and became the Executive Director in summer 2019. She believes deeply in the power of organizing and movement building to build a better world.

Jenny Guzman, Legislative Communications Coordinator

Jenny Guzman is the Legislative Communications Coordinator for Progress Arizona. She was born and raised in the border town of Yuma, AZ, and moved to Phoenix where she graduated with academic honors and 2 degrees from Arizona State University. She is committed to fighting for equity and against injustices, as well as advancing progressive values. 

Vianey de Anda, Civic Engagement Communications Director

Vianey is the Civic Engagement Communications Director, working exclusively with Progress Arizona Institute. She has worked with local non-profits since she was 16. She is dedicated to helping her community thrive in Arizona. She uses her passion for all things design to advocate for our marginalized communities and to help them move forward.

TJ Hernandez, Multimedia Coordinator

TJ is a native New Yorker. She graduated from the Art Institute of NYC and worked for various non-profit organizations advocating for LGBT rights in New York City including FIERCE, Make the Road NY, In the Life media Production and Go Magazine.