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Thomas Barr

Local First Arizona
Director of Member Engagement and Operations
Phoenix, Arizona
Thomas Barr is the Director of Member Engagement and Operations for Local First Arizona, the largest coalition of locally owned businesses in North America. He works daily to celebrate and advocate for independent companies unique to Arizona that contribute to building vibrant, equitable, and prosperous communities. A proud Arizona native and graduate of Arizona State University, Thomas strives to connect good people together to make Arizona a better place and is an advocate for engaging young people to be involved in their communities.

Thomas currently oversees operations at LFA which includes managing the recruitment, retention and engagement of nearly 3000 businesses across Arizona, as well as providing support to all LFA staff in 4 regional offices by streamlining process strategies and managing technology and finances. He also frequently speaks to groups locally and nationally, presenting the history, mission and impact of the organization while advocating the importance of the local movement and independent businesses in sustaining and growing our economy. Additionally, Thomas is on the steering committee for Fuerza Local, LFA’s program of Spanish speaking entrepreneurs, working to diversify and provide equitable opportunity in the local business community.

Outside of LFA, Thomas serves as Board President for Young Nonprofit Professionals Network – Phoenix, is a standing board member of Valley Young Professionals, is on the Leadership Council for The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, is an Arizona Leading for Change Fellow Alumni, and is also a Launchpad Community Engagement Fellow for Young Nonprofit Professionals Network National.