The Council Adds Experienced Leaders in its Continuous Pursuit of Improving the State’s Technology Sector
PHOENIX, September 27, 2016 – The Arizona Technology Council today announced that Rachel Aja, government and regulatory affairs manager for Cox Communications Inc. and Jason Bagley, government affairs director for Intel, have been named co-chairs for the Arizona Technology Council Public Policy Committee. Aja and Bagley leverage considerable technology and government affairs experience and acumen to continue the Council’s mission to ensure Arizona’s competitiveness and accelerate technology related policy and legislation.
“We’re privileged to have each of these well-respected professionals accept co-chair positions for our Public Policy Committee” said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. “The committee is highly-regarded by our members as the voice for the continued growth and development of Arizona’s technology industry and Rachel and Jason are the right leaders to take the helm.”
The new co-chairs will fill the role of Gregory Ensell, manager of government & public affairs for Cox Communications, who is stepping down. Ensell honorably served as the chairman of the Public Policy Committee since 2011. The Public Policy Committee focuses on issues and initiatives that accelerate technology-related public policy and legislation in Arizona. The targeted initiatives that encompass the work of this committee concentrate on four areas: technology commercialization and development; workforce development; economic development and capital formation. This committee, along with Council professionals, work with legislators, elected officials and policy makers at all levels of government, to educate them on the value and promise of the technology industry.
“As a longtime public affairs professional focused on the high-tech industry in Arizona, I strive to enact positive change across the state,” said Bagley. “I look forward to working with the Council and its members to continue to promote the interests of the technology community through public policy, with the goal of boosting the state’s total economic and business landscape.”
Bagley has invested more than 30 years as a public affairs professional. He currently manages government affairs for Intel Corporation’s U.S. Southwest Region. His responsibilities include leading public policy strategy and engagement with government officials at the local, state and federal level for his region. He also currently serves in leadership roles on the boards of several business associations including the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Arizona Manufacturers Council and Arizona Tax Research Association. Bagley was named by the Arizona Capitol Times as 2009 Business Leader of the Year in Public Policy, as well as the 2011 Advocate of the Year by the Arizona Manufacturers Council.
“I am proud to accept the Arizona Technology Council Public Policy Committee’s Co-chair position, and I will continue to underline the importance of building a solid and effective foundation for growth in Arizona, based on sound public policy,” said Aja. “It’s an exciting time in the technology sector right now in Arizona and I’m dedicated to helping Arizona reach its full potential in this new position.”
Aja’s background includes an impressive mix of more than 20 years of government and business experience. She currently manages government and regulatory affairs for Cox Communications Inc. where she is responsible for building and maintaining positive relations with local, state and federal elected government officials and municipalities. Prior to Cox, Aja worked as an assistant to Goodyear Mayor, Georgia Lord and assistant to the Mayor/Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator for the City of Peoria. Her civic involvement includes mentorship for the Homeless Youth Connection, and is currently a Luke Air Force Base Honorary Commander, 310th Fighter Squadron.
As an advocate for technology companies in Arizona, the Council continuously monitors federal, state and local policies that impact the growth of Arizona’s technology industry. With the strength of over 800 member companies, the Council informs and educates policy makers on issues that are important to Arizona’s technology community.