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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.
Dominic Papa - Council Aide
Dominic recently graduated with a Master's in Public Administration with a concentration in Urban Management from Arizona State University where he was also a Marvin Andrews Fellow.
The Marvin Andrews program identifies the country's most talented students aspiring to executive levels in local government. During the program, Dominic worked with ASU's Center for Urban Innovation where he conducted research for the Alliance for Innovation, the premier networking association for cities and counties committed to innovation and transforming local government. He also worked in the City Manager's Office for the City of Casa Grande, AZ where he was part of a team responsible for guiding the city through the CDBG Entitlement Process, including the responsibility of drafting the city's first ever 5-Year Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan.
Dominic is a graduate of the 2015 ICMA Emerging Leadership Institute. He currently holds memberships to both the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and the Arizona City/County Management Association (ACMA). In 2015, participated as a committee member for the Alliance for Innovation's "Next Big Things" workshop, a collaboration of subject matter experts building a point of view about the future of local government, what issues it will face and how it will face them.
Dominic graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University, with a double major in Political Science and Italian, a minor in Economics and Certificates in both International Business and International Studies. He is a member of both the Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Alpha Alpha honor societies
Always an avid soccer fan, Dominic has played soccer throughout his entire life, including a short stint as a professional player for the San Antonio Scorpions of the NASL Today, Dominic continues to be the captain for the semi-professional side FC Tucson and plays against the MLS sides when they come to Arizona for their annual preseason tournament, the Desert Diamond Cup. Papa, a longtime fan favorite, became the lone FC Tucson player to score in the 2015 Desert Diamond Cup on Feb. 21, when he beat Real Salt Lake and United States Men's National Team goalkeeper, Nick Rimando.
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.