Dale Erquiaga may be a semi-recent transplant to the Valley, but he's no stranger to the Phoenix arts community. And starting this month, he says you'll be seeing a lot more of him around Roosevelt Row.
In December, Erquiaga was named the new executive director of the Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation, a role he says will nicely combine his previous experience with his future goals for downtown Phoenix.
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Erquiaga was born and raised in Nevada and has a background in nonprofit consulting. He's worked in government at the local, state, and national levels, and before moving to Phoenix (to be closer to his college-aged kids), he was a senior advisor to Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and served as a chairperson of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF).
In Arizona, he's worked with Valley Leadership, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and the Arizona Humanities Council, and was a board member of Arizona Citizens for the Arts.
"This opportunity is putting together a lot of things I've done in my life," says Erquiaga. "It brings my background in public policy, government, and the arts together in a nice way to serve a place where people can live, work, and play."
Cindy Dach, one of Roosevelt Row's founding members agrees. "We're thrilled to have attracted such great candidates, and Dale is a great choice," she says. "Dale's creative and political background is unique and speaks to the diverse interests and strategies of Roosevelt Row ... We're excited about our future."