WHO WE ARE
for a brief history of the Coalition of Greater Scottsdale.
We are an
all-volunteer, not-for-profit, 501(c)(4) organization. No directors or members receive any
compensation for their participation.
Here are the Board
of Directors. Click on the director's name
for a short biography of that director, or click on the
icon to send an email to that director.
HERE to send
a single email that will go to all COGS Board of Directors.
Brief History of the Coalition of Greater Scottsdale
In 2006, more
than 80 active citizens, business owners, and merchants met on the
second floor of Chaparral Suites, hosted by the Suites'
then-owner, Tom Silverman. The driving force was the need to have
the voices of the residents and business owners heard at City
Council and to promote appropriate decisions. The then-current
Council was rapidly changing this residential/tourist city into
one of greater density and increased height - destroying
residents' vision and impacting the quality of life for nearby
The diverse group elected its first
Board of Directors: Patty Badenoch, Nancy Cantor, Jim Heather,
Sonnie Kirtley, Sharon Oberritter, Paul Reich, Rita Saunders-Hawranek,
Bob Vairo, John Washington, and Linda Whitehead. John Washington
was selected as the first chair and served until spring of 2008.
Sonnie Kirtley served as chairman 2008 to 2019.
In 2006-07, bylaws were written and
approved. We also selected our mission statement: "Consistent land
use policy and preservation of our unique quality of life."
In 2019 the members approved changing the non-profit to a 501c(4)
to allow more involvement in elections, bonds and other
endorsement activities not permitted with the original 501c(3).
current board represents the entire geographical diversity of
Scottsdale, from the northern edge to the southern tip. Biographies on the current Directors are available by clicking on
the links above.
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