Janey Pearl Starks

Equity, Diversity, and Community Engagement Officer

I am originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, and have worked for more than 20 years in healthcare access, civic engagement, providing information and tools to marginalized communities, and leading conversations about race and diversity.

I have been recognized locally and nationally for my work, including the Phoenix Business Journal and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 40 Under 40 awards, Valle Del Sol’s Profiles of Success award, and the Citizen of the Year award from the National Association of Social Workers Arizona chapter. I was one of 26 recognized nationwide by FWD.Us with their Keeping Families Together Champion Award, and in 2022 I had the honor of being one of 15 people selected worldwide for the Aspen Institute Emerging Social Purpose Leaders Fellowship.

In addition to serving on the Equality Arizona board, I previously served as the Vice Chair of the City of Phoenix Village Planning Committee and am currently mentoring two young women through New Pathways for Youth.


Arizona State University

Harvard Graduate School of Education