Executive Board


Connie Robinson, President

Connie has over 20 years experience in HR and diversity sourcing for Fortune 500 companies. Connie is a management graduate from Arizona State University and has served on the boards of multiple non-profit organizations.

Roy Dawson, Executive Director

Roy has over 25 years of experience in HR for Fortune 100 corporations in leadership development and intercultural relations. Roy earned his MBA from Pepperdine University and certificates in International Management and Executive Leadership from Duke University and the University of Virginia.

Danielle Kemp, Vice President

Dainelle is a certified trainer and has expertise in change management and organizational development. She is working in the telecommunications industry. Danielle earned her MEd degree from Arizona State University.

Kent Earle, Treasurer

Kent has over 20 years of management experience in several industries including automotive, cable, IT, and the military. Kent earned his MBA in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

Teresa Toney, Secretary

Teresa has extensive community college administration experience including serving as Manager for EEO and Affirmative Action for the Maricopa County Community College District. She earned her MPA in Public Administration from Arizona State University.

Our History

African Americans in Arizona

Arizona is home to 340,000 African Americans representing 4.9% of the population with the first  tracing their presence in the state as far back as the 1500s with the arrival of the Spanish explorers who came searching for the fabled 'seven citites of gold.

African Americans in Arizona are a vibrant and dynamic community woven into the fabric of the state and its economy. Comprised of entrepreneurs, educators, business, technology and government leaders, African Americans have a vested interest in the state's economic and social vitality that contribute to a better quality of life for all Arizonans.

However, African Americans in Arizona face challenges of invisibility, racial, social, economic, educational, and justice disparities that make it difficult to fully participate on an equal level to achieve the same quality of life goals as other Arizonans.

Our Mission

AzCAAR Mission

AzCAAR was founded in 2007 on the premise to improve the life challenges facing African Americans in Arizona, to act as a resource for those serving the African American community built on the focus areas of: Communications, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Environment, Health Care, Leadership, Political Engagement, and Racial Equity. 

Our Mission is to:

  • Create self-sustaining processes that will foster leadership development
  • Serve as a resource in sharing the African American perspective
  • Develop partnerships that encourage  collaboration for organizations working in the African American community
  • Build a more cohesive, unified community that can directly influence improvements and advancements in the African American community