Carol Poore, Ph.D., MBA

President, Poore & Associates – Strategic Planning Solutions for Organizations and Communities and licensed Realtor®, Brokers Hub Realty

Carol A. Poore, Ph.D., is an experienced, visible community leader and capacity builder with passion and proven competency for expanding mission impact, enhancing organizational performance and growth, community outcomes, brand influence and valuable alliances.

Carol received her Ph.D. in Public Administration and MBA from Arizona State University. Her primary field of research focuses on strategic leadership and community building, downtown community revitalization and the impact of social capital, using case studies from urban projects across the United States. Dr. Poore founded Phabulous Experience™ to incubate innovative placemaking experiences that enhance urban identity and community engagement. Her significant track record of executive leadership in a variety of fields, plus her deep community board and leadership contributions allow Dr. Poore to serve clients in need of credible and ethical executive leadership, fundraising capacity building, strategic planning, branding, image/awareness building, marketing, and communication planning.


Leadership Highlights

As President/CEO of Poore & Associates, Dr. Poore provides organizational capacity building (effectiveness improvement, growth  and turnaround strategies and implementation support), interim CEO and executive service,  strategic planning and implementation /tracking leadership and facilitation, fundraising strategy, communication planning for nonprofit, corporate, trade associations, community-focused programs and campaigns.

Just a few of our clients


Phoenix Phabulous Experience LLC tells the fascinating story of Phoenix, Arizona, USA from past to present and the imagined future! Phoenix Phabulous features an urban arts and storytelling program, including 16 large, indoor murals telling the unique story of Phoenix in its past, present and future time periods. Expert in Phoenix history and placemaking, weaving together arts, culture, and the importance of belonging and inclusion for creating healthy communities. ( and


As President/CEO of Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, raised more than $23M in government, private donor and foundation funding to develop a multitenant, innovative 55,000 square-foot community health and research center in Downtown Phoenix. Turned around serious financial losses during economic downturn. Structured complex portfolio of $14M in public and private financing, including City of Phoenix voter-approved bond funding. Collaborated with donors, developers, attorneys, health and government leaders.

Serving as Vice Provost and leading a campus during growth years of 2002-2007, while completing her Ph.D. and teaching as a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University. Today, Dr. Poore teaches courses in Community Development, Leadership for Change, Public Administration, and Public Policy.

As a senior strategic planning analyst and marketing and communication director at Salt River Power, the second-largest public utility in the United States providing water and power to Arizona and the Southwestern United States, Carol’s leadership roles included directing marketing, strategic planning with executive management and communications and public affairs program and project management. Carol and an executive start-up team launched an energy marketing subsidiary company, New West Energy, serving industrial customers in the California energy market.

Dr. Poore’s community leadership and affiliations

Launched and expanded ArtWORKS PHX, a Phoenix Community Alliance business-arts campaign noted by Americans for the Arts to be a national model for economic development. ( and

  • Board Chairman, Abrazo Scottsdale Campus Hospital Board of Directors.
  • Board of Directors Vice Chairman and Committee Chairman, Phoenix Community Alliance and PCA’s Arts, Culture & Public Life Committee.
  • Vice Chairman, PlanPHX Leadership Committee,  a multiyear task force shaping the City’s voter-approved vision and 10-year plan, appointed by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.
  • Dean’s Council Member, W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.
  • Board of Directors member, Friends of Phoenix Public Art.
  • Founder and Member, Arizona State University Women in Philanthropy.
  • Past Board Chairman and Member, Valley Leadership.

Lifetime Fiesta Bowl Committee Member because of being a prolific fundraiser (Yellow Jacket), Fiesta Bowl Charities.

Accredited member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), leading branding/ identity initiatives and strategic planning for major corporate, nonprofit and higher education organizations.

Member, Arizona Technology Council, and Arizona BioIndustry Association.