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City of Phoenix, Council Office, District 3
200 W. Washington St., 11th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Laura D. Etter - Chief of Staff
As Chief of Staff, Laura
provides a visible link between elected officials and the public, acting as a representative of the Councilman in dealings with constituents (both individually and in groups), City Departments, and Committees providing staff assistance to the Council. Laura is responsible for conducting research, drafting correspondence and speeches, and staffing City Council Subcommittees. She serves as policy advisory and develops yearly strategic plans and priorities for the District. She also supervises the constituent service function, resolves complex cases, conducts research and report writing, and oversees office operations including supervising other positions in the office, and budget and calendar management.
Prior to joining District 3, Laura was Senior Associate for a Phoenix-based public affairs and government relations firm where she provided representation for public and private sector clients within state, county, and local government and focused on providing on consistent and efficient communication between client, community, staff, and government officials. Additionally, she provided executive management services for non-profit clients and overall project management to engage regional and community leadership in collaboration on various issues.
Laura currently serves as a Board Member for the Greater Phoenix Chamber Valley Young Professionals. She is a currently part of the Blue Blazer Squadron, an Alumni Association of the Honorary Commanders Committee of Fighter Country Partnership supporting Luke Air Force Base. From 2012-2014 she completed the 56th Fighter Wing Honorary Commander Program at Luke Air Force Base, a community outreach program focused on fostering relationships between local, civic, and business leaders and base personnel. Laura was also a panelist in 2013 at the 9th Annual Women in Leadership Event.
Laura is a graduate of Valley Leadership Class 32, a
leadership development organization in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, dedicated to engaging, educating and challenging current and emerging leaders to take an active role in strengthening and transforming communities. She remains actively involved in the organization as a Community Steward and served as Leadership Institute Vice Chair from 2012 - 2014. She previously chaired the Community Engagement Program Day Chair, coordinating the joint program day with Hispanic Leadership Institute. Additionally, she has been involved in the Urban Land Institute (ULI), serving as Membership Chair for the Central Arizona Young Leaders Group, part of the ULI Main Membership Committee, on the ULI YLG Programming committee and on the Regional Visioning Committee.
Laura holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Arizona State University. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and graduated with a Dean’s Award. She is licensed to practice law in both Arizona and California. Prior to returning to Arizona, Laura worked at a law firm in Southern California and focused on advanced estate planning, estate taxation, and corporation formation.
Stephanie Lieb - Council Aide
Stephanie is a council aide in the office of Phoenix District 3 Councilwoman Debra Stark. She enjoys working with residents and business owners on community issues ranging from a home that has overgrown weeds to a proposal for a new restaurant. Stephanie's main focus in her role is building and strengthening relationships with District 3 neighborhood and business leaders. She serves as the lead in the office for these individuals when they need assistance. In addition Stephanie manages the District 3 email newsletters and social media accounts. She also coordinates episodes of Councilwoman Stark's Phoenix Channel 11 program "The Stark Report" and the monthly District 3 coffee chats.
While finishing up her undergraduate degree in human communication at Arizona State University, Stephanie began working for Phoenix Council District 6. After a few years at the city she left to work in event planning and public relations. Stephanie was thrilled to return to Phoenix City Hall in July 2016 to work for Councilwoman Stark. She has a passion for helping residents and business owners to keep Phoenix a safe, clean and vibrant city.
Stephanie has served as a dog adoptions volunteer at Arizona Humane Society's Sunnyslope location, a board member of Artlink Phoenix, a member of Phoenix Community Alliance's Arts, Culture and Public Life Committee, a volunteer of the Avon Program for Women and Justice at O'Connor House, a volunteer of UMOM's ReadToMe program and is a member of Arizona State University's alumni association. She is a Phoenix native and a resident who lives in north central Phoenix on the edge of District 3. Stephanie especially enjoys the history of her neighborhood and the surrounding area. She is an animal lover who has two rescue dogs and one rescue cat. In her free time Stephanie loves to check out new restaurants, vintage stores, art exhibitions and Phoenix Suns games.
Rose Ferguson - Council Administrative Assistant
Rose attended high school in Manchester, England, and studied the Dutch language in Amsterdam, Holland, earning the equivalent of a Bachelor's Degree. She worked for a bank as a legal translator in Amsterdam before moving to the United States 28 years ago. She retired from the city of Phoenix after 23 years, working in many departments and for both Mayor Skip Rimsza and Councilman Tom Simplot. She has returned to work with District 3 and do what she enjoys the most – working with constituents.
Rose has volunteerd with the Boy Scouts of America for 17 years and is currently an Assistant Scout Master. Rose's proudest moments include watching her two boys graduate college this year; one from Northwestern Law School and the other from the University of Arizona.