Randy Parraz

Co-Founder and President of Citizens for a Better Arizona

Randy Parraz is a community organizer, social entrepreneur, Echoing Green Award recipient, founder of various organizations and former U.S. Senate candidate. From church-based organizing in East Dallas to national coalition building on behalf of 20,000 strawberry workers in the fields of California to working as a national field representative of the AFL-CIO, Randy has experience with many methods of social change.

In January 2011, Randy spearheaded a grassroots campaign to recall the most powerful politician in Arizona: Senate President Russell Pearce, the author of SB 1070 and the self-proclaimed Tea Party president for Arizona. Citizens for a Better Arizona submitted enough signatures to force the governor to call a special recall election. On Nov. 8, 2011, Arizona voters made history by removing the first Senate president from office in the history of the United States.

Randy has taught social change at Arizona State University, California State University Fullerton, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine and UCLA. Randy has launched various efforts — including Maricopa Citizens for Safety and Accountability and the 2012 Joe’s Got to Go campaign — to hold Sheriff Joe Arpaio accountable for various abuses of authority. In early 2013, Randy helped launch RESPECT ARIZONA, the official recall committee formed to remove Sheriff Arpaio from office.

Randy is a graduate of UC Berkeley, Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. Randy has worked for over 18 years as an organizer and is the co-founder and president of Citizens for a Better Arizona. Randy resides in Phoenix with his wife Lilia Alvarez and their two daughters.

People + Policy

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