The Arizona Center for Economic Progress is a leader in advancing policies that create fairer tax codes which raise the revenue needed to invest in education, affordable housing, health care, infrastructure and other supports needed to build thriving communities and better economic opportunities for all Arizonans.


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Our impact

You can find us in Arizona communities alongside grassroots organizations fighting for equity and economic justice; in the halls of the government advocating for policy change that removes barriers to getting ahead; and producing key data-driven insights and the latest research to share with advocates, lawmakers, media and Arizona voters.

Our Recent Successes

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Advancing legislation to slow the growth of corporate tax credits and preventing millions of public tax dollars from being diverted from public to private schools.

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Achieving millions in new annual revenue for Arizona’s public schools and a fairer state tax code through the passage of a ballot initiative establishing an income tax surcharge on the wealthiest Arizonans.

The Center is the only statewide organization that represents authentic voices and working families in the public conversation about Arizona’s economic roadmap. The Center is moving a new and necessary perspective to influence elected leaders and policy advisors.

Luis A. Heredia
Executive Director, Arizona Education Association

The Arizona Center for Economic Progress is an incredibly valuable resource for all Arizonans. The Center provides thorough, easy to understand fact sheets, charts and reports that get to the heart of important issues we face.

Rebecca Gau
Executive Director, Stand for Children Arizona

I always turn to the AZ Center for Economic Progress to ensure that I can fully understand how and from where AZ is deriving its revenue & how such is spent, as the information is made intelligible for people like me via charts and graphs. Thus the Center has been my 'go to source' for clear objective information about public education and taxes.

Rivko Knox
The League of Women Voters of Arizona

Our team

David Lujan

David Lujan, Esq.


David, a former member of the state Senate and House of Representatives, has worked in public policy in Arizona for 20 years. He served as an assistant attorney general advising the School Facilities Board, legal counsel for the Arizona senate, a staff attorney providing legal services to abused and neglected children and, most recently, as a public policy director for Reading Partners, an organization that provides services to young children struggling in school. David also served as chief administrator for Arizona State University’s Preparatory Academy in Phoenix, a public charter school for preschool through 12th grade students. David earned his law degree at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU.

Karen Mclaughlin

Karen McLaughlin, MPA

Director of Budget and Tax Policy

Karen McLaughin is the Director of Budget and Tax Policy for Children’s Action Alliance and the Arizona Center for Economic Progress. She provides leadership on the state budget and tax issues. Prior to joining CAA in 2005, Karen held various positions with the State of Arizona including analyst with the Governor’s Office and Strategic Planning and Budgeting and the Financial Serviecs Administrator for the Arizona Department of Economic Security. She earned her Master’s in Public Administration from Arizona State University.

May Mgbolu

May Mgbolu

Assistant Director of Policy & Advocacy

May Mgbolu is an Assistant Director of Policy & Advocacy at the Arizona Center for Economic Progress. Mgbolu oversees the organization’s KIDS COUNT project and data center and performs research and policy analysis. Her research focuses on state fiscal policy, P-20 education, immigration, Native American policy, criminal justice, and the intersection of race and ethnicity in the economy. Prior to joining in 2017, Mgbolu worked as an analyst in Colorado, where she conducted research on recidivism and supported the City and County of Denver’s Crime Prevention and Control Commission’s Transition to Jail model for returning citizens. Mgbolu holds a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Arizona and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy at Arizona State University.


Andrew M. Sugrue

Assistant Director of Policy & Advocacy

Andrew advances the Arizona Center for Economic Progress’s policy agenda through analysis and advocacy, focusing on food security, housing stability, and strengthening the safety net. Andrew’s public service journey reflects a deep commitment to improving how government works for people. Before joining the AZ Center, he served as a Fellow with the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab during which he worked with the Arizona Department of Child Safety to improve the effectiveness of supports for children and families. Andrew earned his Master in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and his bachelor’s degree in Government from Georgetown University.


Taylor Flamini

Digital Strategist

Taylor is the Digital Strategist for the Arizona Center for Economic Progress, elevating the communications of our work to the communities we serve. His prior experience includes campaigns to increase Flagstaff’s minimum wage, raise awareness for sexual and domestic violence, and provide new lending opportunities for more equitable access to housing. Before joining the Arizona Center for Economic Progress, he was the Marketing Manager launching an experiential art exhibit in Arizona. Taylor graduated from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Sustainability and Design Studies.

Let’s raise the economic power of all Arizonans