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Greater Phoenix Leadership Hires Director of Member Engagement & Communications

Lauren Patheal to head GPL’s Membership Engagement and Communications efforts

PHOENIX, AZ, July 2, 2019 – On Monday, July 1, 2019, Greater Phoenix Leadership (GPL) announced the onboarding of Lauren Patheal, who will serve as the organization’s Director of Member Engagement & Communications. In this role, Patheal’s key responsibilities will include working collaboratively with GPL’s membership and leadership to ensure the successful execution of the organization’s policy priorities and efforts, as well as managing GPL’s internal and external strategic communications and outreach.

Patheal brings to GPL extensive experience in public and government affairs at the local, state and federal levels, event planning, fundraising, community outreach, policy research and professional and creative communications.

“We are delighted to announce Lauren’s addition to our organization,” said Neil Giuliano, CEO of Greater Phoenix Leadership.  “Her professional experience aligns very well with the Director of Membership Engagement & Communications’ duties and responsibilities and we look forward to working with her to further advance GPL’s mission and initiatives.” 

Most recently, Patheal served as an Administrator of Public Affairs at Southwest Gas Corporation where she focused on local, state and legislative processes and policy issues. She previously served as the Chief of Staff to Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord and also staffed the Goodyear City Council. Prior to her work in Goodyear, she served as a Public Affairs Advisor with Triadvocates Public Affairs and as a Government Relations Associate with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“I am thrilled and humbled to join the Greater Phoenix Leadership team. GPL has played an extensive role in the region’s rapidly-evolving progress and prosperity, and it continues to play a unique role in convening key thought leaders in the business, education, philanthropic and public policy sectors,” said Patheal. “There remains continued opportunity to influence meaningful change in the Phoenix-region.”

Patheal is a graduate of Arizona State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in literature.


About Greater Phoenix Leadership

Greater Phoenix Leadership is an organization of leading CEO’s aligning leadership and resources at the intersection of the business, education, philanthropy and public policy sectors to improve economic vitality and quality of life.  The mission of GPL is to improve the greater Phoenix area and the State of Arizona by bringing together talent, resources, and leadership to create action on priority issues.  More information is available at