Alan Stephens was appointed State Director of USDA Rural
Development/Arizona in October 2009, by the Obama
Administration. He served 7 years previously as State
Director which included a stint as Acting Associate
Administrator for Housing, in Washington DC, during the
Alan has held a number of positions during his public
service career. Most recently, he served as advisor to
Corporation Commissioner Paul Newman where he worked on
numerous issues relating to renewable energy policy and
Alan served as Governor Napolitano’s Co-Chief of Staff for
Operations for more than four years. He supervised the
Deputy Chiefs of Staff for budget and urban affairs, and the
Policy Advisors responsible for natural resources,
transportation, health and human services, tribal affairs
and regulatory agencies.
Alan served eight years as an Arizona State Senator,
representing an urban/rural district. He served two terms as
Minority Leader and one term as Majority Leader.
Alan has held several leadership roles in non-profit
organizations including the County Supervisors Association,
Western Progress, and two behavioral health organizations.
Alan resides in Phoenix with his spouse
Leslie Hatfield, an attorney. They have two sons, Alec and
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