Parks Board Member Lisa Atkins Receives Lifetime Achievment Award from the Phoenix Business Journal

April 13, 2018

PHOENIX – The Lifetime Achievement Award was given today to Lisa Atkins, commissioner of the State Land Department, during the 2018 Phoenix Business Journal Outstanding Women in Business luncheon.

Held at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, the 18th annual luncheon honored 27 outstanding women in the community, from the business and nonprofit sectors, who have all achieved excellence in their careers. Of the 27, three were selected for top honors.

“Congratulations to Lisa on this incredible achievement,” said Arizona State Parks and Trails Executive Director Sue Black. “We couldn’t be more proud to have her recognized for all her contributions to the community and beyond. She has acted as an integral part of our State Parks Board for years, and we truly believe that she is an outstanding asset to the state.”

Honorees were selected from more than 250 nominations submitted, reviewed by a panel of judges and narrowed down the the 27 individuals recognized by the Business Journal. Each of the women has had a defining moment in their careers that have made them stronger leaders.

Atkins was appointed by Governor Douglas A. Ducey to serve as Commissioner of the Arizona State Land Department in 2015. Atkins is the 21st Commissioner in the 100-year history of the State Land Department, and is responsible for managing and administering 9.2 million acres of State Land that is held in a Trust for 13 beneficiaries, the largest of which is Arizona’s K-12 education.

As an Arizona native, Atkins served for more than 23 years as Chief of Staff to Congressman Bob Stump (R-AZ) in both Washington, D.C. and Arizona, 18 months as the Executive Director of the County Supervisors Association of Arizona (CSA), representing more than 50 elected Arizona County Supervisors on policy and budget matters, and 11 years as the Vice President for Public Policy for Greater Phoenix Leadership (GPL), a group of the Region’s top business and industry leaders focused on the State’s economic growth and vitality.

Atkins has been a member of the Arizona State Parks and Trails Board since 2015.

"Managing and conserving Arizona's natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people, both in our parks and through our partners."

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