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Welcome Joseph Palomino: Our New AZ Center Director

The Arizona Center for Economic Progress (AZ Center), an affiliate of the Children's Action Alliance, is pleased to announce Joseph Palomino as its new Director starting June 3. In this role, Joseph will lead the strategic and visionary direction for the AZ Center, building upon its mission to advance budget, tax, and economic policies that create economic opportunity for all Arizonans.  

We’re fortunate to welcome Joseph Palomino as the new Director of the Arizona Center for Economic Progress,” says the CEO of Children’s Action Alliance, January Contreras. “His passion for tax and fiscal policy that leads to thriving people and communities in every corner of Arizona will advance our state and the Center’s mission.  Joseph’s experience and commitment to economic equity make him an excellent choice to lead the next chapter for the Arizona Center.”  

Joseph brings a wealth of experience in policy and state and local taxation, having worked as a corporate tax analyst at the Arizona Department of Revenue and as a tax consultant at KPMG. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Arizona State University and a Juris Doctor and Master of Laws in Taxation from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Additionally, Joseph has a background in political organizing, community mediation, and nonprofit arts leadership. He will complete his Master of Arts in Economics from George Mason University in the fall of 2024.  

“I am excited to lead the Arizona Center for Economic Progress right here in my home state and to collaborate with community partners and policymakers to create an Arizona where economic opportunity is accessible to all,” says Joseph Palomino.  

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