Arizona Has More than 1.1 million K-12 Students
It’s Time to Put them First
Every day A Child Doesn’t Have Access to A better Learning Environment, is a Day We are failing.
Modify the existing open enrollment system so Arizona families can easily apply to attend the school of their choice, regardless of attendance boundaries, with transparent, simple enrollment processes.
Expand transportation options for students to access more school and learning options by incentivizing district and charter schools to explore transportation innovations and efficiencies, such as parent flat-rate programs, rideshares, and transportation resource sharing.
Students achieve when their school has flexibility and room to respond to the unique needs and circumstances of the students they serve.
School leaders need more autonomy over budgets and freedom to lead from schedules and salaries to hiring and firing.
Time to update our outdated funding system with one that reduces per-student inequities for all school models and fosters innovation to ensure that students’ needs are truly met.
Innovation is no Longer Optional
Public Data is Essential, Not a Nice-To-Have
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, parents deserve clear information now more than ever about their child’s progress and school’s performance – both academically and where dollars were spent.
This is the time to challenge the status quo. We can no longer sit idly by while students languish in a school where they will not thrive.
-Emily Anne Gullickson, President & Founder
Great Leaders, Strong Schools
Bipartisan advocates for community-driven K-12 education policies where students are the top priority.
Governing Board Members
President & Founder
Emily Anne Gullickson, J.D., M.Ed.
Emily Anne brings a unique background of executive, advocacy, legal, and teaching experience to Great Leaders, Strong Schools. She also serves as the founder and CEO of sister organization A for Arizona and has a long track record of prioritizing students’ interests – especially students in high poverty communities – in all that she does. She began her journey as a middle school social studies teacher, Teach For America – Phoenix corps member and has since served as the inaugural Arizona Alumni Leadership Board President, organizing the 1,000+ alumni community across Arizona.
Emily Anne was recently recognized by the Arizona Capitol Times and Arizona Capitol community as a 2020 Best Political Rising Star, Inaugural 2019 Women Achievers of Arizona – Nonprofit Leader, and 2019 Breakdown Breakout for being one of the sharpest political minds in Arizona under 40. The Arizona Republic recognized Emily Anne in their Fall 2018 “Who’s Next: 21 Educators Shaping Arizona’s Next Generation” spotlight and was a Greater Phoenix Chamber 2017 ATHENA Young Professional Award Nominee.
She actively serves on the Policy Innovators in Education (PIE) Network Leadership Council and was in their last national Leadership Institute cohort. She recently led the Arizona Chamber Foundation, overseeing three major initiatives including A for Arizona, Chamber Business News, and the Arizona Industry Fellows. Under her direction, the Foundation published critical policy briefs and research on topics dedicated to expanding economic opportunity in Arizona such as K-12 education reform, water and the Drought Contingency Plan, and trade with a focus on the USMCA and its impact on Arizona.
Last year, Emily Anne was an inaugural fellow in R Street Institute’s Foundations of Conservative Policymaking Fellowship and a member of the Fall 2018 American Enterprise Institute Leadership Institute. She had prior public policy and advocacy fellowships with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Leadership for Educational Equity as well as relevant legal clerkships with a focus on education law at the City of St. Paul and Kane Education Law, LLC.
Using her experience as an educator, legal advocate, and policy leader, Emily Anne is devoted to changing the narrative of what’s possible for students in Arizona and the nation.
Katie Dauphinais serves as the Vice President for Great Leaders Strong Schools and sister organization A for Arizona.
Katie has over a decade of experience in public policy, advocacy, and political operations. Prior to joining the team, Katie served as the Western Regional Legislative Director for ExcelinEd, where she led advocacy efforts on behalf of the organization in eight states in the Mountain West and served as a key partner to GLSS. During her tenure, she passed over two dozen bills that resulted in new options and millions of dollars serving over 1.2 million students across the region.
Her professional experience includes senior staff roles on campaigns such as John McCain’s re-election in 2016, federal constituent work for Senator Kyl and Senator Flake, government affairs roles at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry and University of Arizona where she worked on issues such as higher education, immigration, transportation and infrastructure, trade, science and space technology. Additionally, as Federal Affairs Director for the Arizona Chamber, she acted as a liaison for the White House on behalf of the Chamber in a successful coalition effort to pass the United States, Canada and Mexico Agreement (USMCA) and Drought Contingency Plan in 2020.
Katie graduated from Arizona State University and is a member of the Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service organization, AEI’s Millennial Cohort as well as a graduate of the Oklahoma Leadership Exchange Academy. She is a member of the current Policy Innovators in Education (PIE) Network’s Leadership Institute cohort.
Director Of Strategic Initiatives
Tuesday is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at A for Arizona. Bringing unique expertise in state and local government and multi-organizational project management, she embodies an enthusiastic and results-oriented mindset.
Prior to joining Great Leaders Strong Schools, Tuesday spent three years in the Office of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. She began her profession on the Governor’s Legislative team, quickly moving to the Policy team and capping her tenure off on the Operations team. Tuesday quickly learned Arizona’s legislative landscape and what it takes to move landmark policy from start to finish. She led or assisted with multi-agency and Executive initiatives, including annual Strategic Planning and Budgeting, Arizona Capitol Copper Dome Restoration Project, AZHiresVets!, Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, State of Arizona Leaders Connect Program, and the 2023 Gubernatorial Transition Process.
Most notably, Tuesday managed and led Governor Ducey’s AZ OnTrack Summer Camp, chaired by Lisa Graham Keegan. As a direct result of statewide collaboration and first-in-the-nation approaches, thousands of Arizona students and families in all 15 counties received an academic and adventurous summer camp experience at no cost.
As a fourth-generation Arizonan, Lumberjack alumna, and former student who benefited from the state’s robust school choice options, Tuesday remains devoted to continuing the Arizona tradition of leading the nation on school choice and bringing high-quality educational freedom to students in the State of Arizona and across the country.