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Molera Alvarez Business Development

Our Founders

Jaime A. Molera and Ruben E. Alvarez each bring a wealth of experience to our team and the firm they co-founded. Both have spent years serving in government. Their past accomplishments give the firm unique insight into education, business, non-profits, and government entities. Jaime A. Molera was named “One of the 50 Most Influential Leaders in Arizona” by the Phoenix Business Journal. Ruben E. Alvarez served past Arizona Governors in positions including Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Policy Advisor for Mexico and Hispanic Outreach.

Ruben E. Alvarez, Managing Partner

Ruben E. Alvarez, Managing Partner

Ruben Alvarez applies his extensive political experience and strategic business expertise to lead a wide range of Fortune 500 companies, non-profit groups and governmental entities in pursuit of their business development and legislative goals.

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Professional Affiliations
  • National Assembly of State Arts Agencies – National Board Member
  • Phoenix Community Alliance – Executive Committee Board Member and Chair of the Public Affairs Committee
  • Treasurer and Board Member: Latino Leaders Network, Washington DC
  • Board Chair: CALA Alliance
  • Valley of the Sun United Way – Board Member and Co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force
  • Board Member: Arizona Commission on the Arts
  • Phoenix Art Museum – Board Trustee
  • Former Member of the National Board of Representatives: Desert Mountain’s Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Presidential Appointee to the White House Conference on Aging
  • Herberger Theatre, Past Board Member
  • City of Phoenix Golf Advisory Committee, Past Board Member
  • Better Business Bureau, Inc., Past Board Member
  • City of Phoenix Human Relations Commission, Past Commissioner
  • Phoenix Convention and Visitors’ Bureau Multi-Cultural Advisory Board, Past Board Member
  • City of Phoenix 2000 Citizens’ Bond Committee, Past Committee Member
  • City of Phoenix Census 2000 Campaign, Past Hispanic Advisory Committee Member
  • Voto Latino (founded/chaired by Rosario Dawson), Past Board Member
  • the American Lung Association of Arizona, Past Chair
  • Maricopa County’s Integrated Health Service’s Diversity Council, Past Board Chair
  • Phoenix Civil Service Board, Past Vice Chair
Career Highlights
  • Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Molera Alvarez
  • 12 years’ service, State of Arizona’s Executive Branch
  • Policy Advisor for Mexico and Hispanic Affairs to Governor Jane Dee Hull
  • Governor’s Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity
Education
  • BA in Political Science, Arizona State University
  • ASU Hispanic Undergraduate of the Year
  • ASU College of Liberal Arts, Outstanding Junior Award
  • Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
  • Border Academy graduate – Intensive interdisciplinary summer graduate study program
  • Arizona Leadership Academy – Completed State of Arizona’s Leadership Skills Training Program

Jaime A. Molera, Partner

Jaime Molera brings a wealth of experience and accomplishments to bear as he protects and advances the interests of his clients. His achievements in government affairs, business, and education helped him earn a national reputation as a trusted, results-oriented leader, and a major force for civic and social progress. Jaime Molera serves as an adviser/confidant for scores of political leaders, business entities, and community organizations.

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Career Highlights
  • Co-Founder, Partner, Molera Alvarez
  • Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Arizona State Board of Education President (two-terms)
  • Leading Advisor on Policy and Legislative Affairs to Arizona Governor Jane Dee Hull
  • Senior Consultant and Spokesperson for U.S. Senator Jon Kyl
  • Political commentator for KPHO-CBS 5
  • Chairman – Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs Committee
  • Board of Directors – Arizona Chamber of Commerce
Professional Accolades
  • Named “One of the 50 most influential leaders in Arizona,” Arizona Business Journal
  • Recognized as “One of the top 100 Hispanic leaders in the United States,” Hispanic Business Magazine
  • Contributor: The Lehrer NewsHour, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio
Jaime A. Molera, Partner
Claude Mattox, Vice President of Government & Community Relations, Our Team

Claude Mattox, Vice President of Government & Community Relations

Claude Mattox has been a member of the Molera Alvarez team since 2012 after a successful twelve years of service on the Phoenix City Council. Claude brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team with thirty years of community and political involvement in Phoenix, the state of Arizona, and at the national level.

He is especially proud of his involvement in many major accomplishments during his City Council tenure, and he continues to serve the community to improve the quality of life in the Valley and the State of Arizona. Claude’s experience has helped him develop skills that directly benefit our clients, including, strong budgeting knowledge and the ability to work with diverse business, civic, and community groups for a positive impact.

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Phoenix City Council Experience
  • Public Safety and Veterans Subcommittee (Chairman)
  • Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability Subcommittee (Past Chairman)
  • Finance, Efficiency and Innovation Subcommittee (Member)
  • Phoenix Audit Committee (Member)
  • Housing and Neighborhoods Subcommittee (Member)
  • Parks, Open Space and Environment Subcommittee (Member)
  • Arizona Municipal Water Users Association Board of Directors (President)
  • Arizona Cities and Towns’ Executive Committee (Member)
  • National League of Cities Energy, Environment, & Natural Resources (EENR) Steering and Policy Committee (Chairman)
  • Vice Mayor of Phoenix City Council (2002)
Current Community Involvement
  • Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Member: Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Water and Natural Resources Committee, Environment Committee, Real Estate & Community Committee)
  • Arizona Town Hall Board of Directors (Member)
  • Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (Member: Public Affairs Committee, Transportation Committee, Agriculture, Environment & Water Committee, Economic Development Committee)
  • Maryvale Revitalization Board of Directors (Immediate Past Chairman)
  • Phoenix Police Reserve Foundation Board of Directors (Member)
  • Phoenix Water/Waste Water Rate Advisory Committee (Chairman)
  • Yarnell (AZ) Water Improvement Association Board of Directors (President)
Professional History
  • Anasazi Book Store (Co-owner with Wife Sherri)
  • Mark Melton and Associates, Inc., Real Estate Sales and Investments (Vice President and Treasurer)
  • National Western Vistas Real Estate (Designated Broker)
  • Desert Sun Enterprises Community Relations (Principal)
Education
  • Florida State University, Bachelor of Science (Psychology and Business Management) 1976
  • Harvard University, Kennedy School Senior Executive in State and Local Government Program, 2001

Elizabeth Hatch, Director Of Legislative Affairs

Elizabeth Hatch adds years of experience as a legal analyst to our team. She has worked tirelessly to pass legislation. During her nine-year tenure at the Arizona House of Representatives, Elizabeth worked in various positions on a wide variety of issues. As a former House Director of Operations, Elizabeth brings an insider’s expertise of the legislative process.

Career Highlights
  • Assistant Analyst and Analyst for the Government Reform and Federal Mandates and States’ Rights Committees, Arizona House of Representatives
  • Policy Advisor to the Majority, Arizona House of Representatives
  • Advised five former Arizona Speakers of the House, Arizona House of Representatives
  • Director of Operations, Arizona House of Representatives
Education
  • B.A. in English, Arizona State University
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Carmen Ronan, Manager of Business Development & International Business Services, Our Team

Carmen Ronan, Manager of Business Development & International Services

Carmen Ronan helps organizations develop and implement strategies to increase international trade and investment opportunities and improve bilateral relations. She advances international engagement and community development by leveraging her public service experience in Federal, state, and local government administration; international affairs; and public relations.

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Career Highlights
  • Arizona City/County Management Association Jane L. Morris Women Leading Government Scholarship recipient
  • Managed administrative projects for City of Phoenix Water Services Department Director’s Office
  • City of Phoenix Management Intern
  • Arizona Governor’s Office of Education Program Coordinator
  • Booz Allen Hamilton Management Consultant in Washington, D.C. providing Business Process Improvement services for military installations across the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer enterprise
  • Valley of the Sun United Way Public Relations Coordinator
  • Arizona Centennial Commission Communications Coordinator
  • Youth empowerment community worker in Santiago, Chile for nonprofit volunteer organization VEGlobal
Community Engagement
  • Mountain Park Health Center Board of Directors
  • City of Phoenix’s ‘Phoenix Hispanic Network’ Sponsorship Committee Chair
  • Arizona State University Undergraduate Student Government Senator and University Affairs Committee Chair
Education
  • Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University with a specialization in International and Development Administration
  • Arizona State University Barrett Honors College graduate with dual B.A.s in Journalism and Mass Communication and Political Science
  • Arizona State University Political Science Department Junior Fellow

Estrella Mendoza, Manager Of Business Operations

Estrella Mendoza has been with our team since early 2010 and currently serves as Manager of Business Operations for the firm. Her primary responsibilities include managing the daily operations of the office, including accounting, human resources, network management, website management, and maintaining visibility for the firm through social media. She also organizes and oversees various special events held by the firm and clients.

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Career Highlights
  • Earned Arizona Property and Casualty Insurance License during five year tenure at Country Financial
  • Community Affairs Department, Arizona Diamondbacks Major League Baseball/Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation
Education
  • BS in Marketing from W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University
  • Tuition scholarship recipient, Hispanic Women’s Corporation
  • Member, Sports Business Association, ASU
Estrella Mendoza, Manager Of Business Operations, Our Team
Aundrea DeGravina, Associate, State Legislative Affairs, Our Team

Aundrea DeGravina, Associate, State Legislative Affairs

Aundrea DeGravina assists with supporting clients by developing policy strategies, managing and developing contacts, and conducting research. Aundrea develops legislative reports, tracks legislation, and monitors weekly hearings.

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Career Highlights
  • Legislative Liaison, Arizona State Land Department
  • Student Regent, Arizona Board of Regents
  • Interned for the Arizona Office of the Governor and Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Education
  • Master of Legal Studies, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
  • B.S. Political Science & B.S. Psychological Sciences, Arizona State University

Julia Alvarez, Government Affairs Associate

Julia Alvarez serves as a Government Affairs Associate for out team. In this position, Julia researches and analyzes regulatory and legislative impacts on state and local issues, assists with the development of strategic actions, and communicates issue status to clients.

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Career Highlights
  • Water Educator for Arizona Project Wet in which she conducted presentations to students at various elementary schools on the importance of water conservation.
Education
  • B.A. in Communications, University of Arizona
Julia Alvarez, Government Affairs Associate, Our Team
Shirley Springer, Administrative Assistant, Our Team

Shirley Springer, Administrative Assistant

Shirley Springer serves as an Administrative Assistant for our team. Shirley assists the firm with greeting visitors, filtering incoming phone calls as well as various administrative duties. She also assists the firm with special projects as assigned.

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Career Highlights
  • Research Intern, Arizona House of Representatives, Committee on Agriculture, Water and Lands
  • Research Intern, Arizona House of Representatives, Committee on Energy, Environment and Natural Resources
  • Student Technician, Information Technology Services, Northern Arizona University
Education
  • BA in International Affairs, Cum Laude, Northern Arizona University
  • BA in Spanish, Cum Laude, Northern Arizona University

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