"I want the world to know that Arizona is the ideal place to live, work, play, recreate, retire, visit, build a business and get an education."
Governor Doug Ducey
Founder of the Arizona Zanjeros

To make that vision a reality, Governor Doug Ducey has founded a new business leadership group called the Arizona Zanjeros. Led by Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill and Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Lea Marquez Peterson as co-chairs, the group’s objective is to promote Arizona’s reputation as a prime place to conduct business with an unmatched quality of life. Utilizing the benefits and advantages of a public-private partnership, the organization will work closely with the state’s economic development partners to host visiting CEOs and provide both hospitality and first-hand accounts of what it’s like to live and do business here.
Traditionally, zanjeros are water masters who control the expansive canal systems that provide a sustainable water source to Arizona’s metropolitan regions and allow life to flourish in the desert. In a similar vein, the Arizona Zanjeros will help promote the state and drive business growth, expansion and development by serving as ambassadors for the state and working to ensure the state continues to flourish economically.
“The Zanjeros will be my go-to team when it comes to marketing Arizona to CEOs and business leaders across the country and around the world. As active business and corporate leaders, they know the challenges of running a company and how living and operating in Arizona not only benefits their bottom line but also their quality of life for themselves, their families and their employees. There is nobody better to help inform, promote and share why they choose to live and work in Arizona.”
-- Doug Ducey, Governor

Join the Arizona Zanjeros

All Arizonans are invited to join the Zanjeros as Ambassadors and encouraged to promote the state in their individual communities and workplaces. Those who sign up will receive a message book highlighting the state’s best assets and attributes, as well as future announcements and notifications. They will also be asked to participate in social media campaigns and other outreach efforts to promote Arizona and why they enjoy living here.