Marie will bring a lifetime of executive leadership experience in private sector and non-profit organizations to govern the Maricopa Community Colleges in a smart and cost effective way to deliver a world-class, 21st Century education for students in Maricopa County. 

An affordable and quality post-high school education is often crucial to a student's success in a career and life. An educated population that is prepared for the fast-changing economy is also crucial to the success and growth of Maricopa County. As a celebrated Workforce Development CEO, Marie will use her knowledge and expertise to make sure that our students are well equipped to fill the needs of the many different industries in our growing county. 

"Quality Community Colleges with strong Workforce Development programs are something companies look for when they decide where to relocate and invest. My goal will be to make Maricopa Community Colleges the best in the state, and among the best in the country. This would be win-win for both students, and our local economy. Please join me in making sure we have the Community Colleges our community deserves."
-Marie Sullivan





Marie Sullivan has been involved in economic and workforce development, education, and women and family issues for over 40 years.  She is the Principal and Owner of Marie Sullivan LLC, focused on Advancing Possibilities of businesses, nonprofits, and government entities to achieve their strategic, innovative and impactful goals. Previously Marie served for 20 years as the President and CEO of Arizona Women’s Education and Employment, Inc., (AWEE), a non-profit organization dedicated to changing people’s lives through the dignity of work. She has worked in public policy development and advocacy in the social service and faith-based sectors.  Overtime she has served on over 25 education, social service and faith-based boards.

Marie currently serves as a member of the AZ Center for Economic Progress Board, the Phoenix Charter 100 Board, and Arizona Town Hall, Marie most recently served as a leader of the Maricopa County Workforce Development Board and Executive Committee, as a member of the Phoenix College President’s Advisory Council, the AZTechForce Foundation Task Force, and the West Valley Community Bank Advisory Board for Small Business Development. Marie has been named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Business in Arizona and received the Jeanne Lind Herberger Award given to a woman committed to advancing the condition of women and girls through service and philanthropy. Marie has been awarded the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s prestigious ATHENA Award, given to a woman acknowledged for her excellence in business, her community service and involvement, and her professional mentorship of women. She was named Public Service Leader of the Year, Tribute to Women Award, by the YWCA, was named Goodman’s Good Guy Award winner as the outstanding nonprofit business leader in the Metropolitan Phoenix area, and is a Valley Leadership alumna.

For eight years Marie served as a publicly elected member of the Madison Elementary School District Governing Board, where she served both as President and Clerk of the Board and represented her congressional district to the National School Board Association’s Federal Relations Network. She is an alumna of Leadership America where she participated with a select group of women from throughout the United States to discuss and provide leadership on issues affecting the American landscape. Marie is married and the mother of two young adults.