Annette AlvarezFounding Partner
Annette Alvarez is referred to as one of the most well connected women in Arizona and in the U.S. As a partner of Generation Seven Strategic Partners LLC., Ms Alvarez participates as a trusted advisor and a direct conduit between leadership in tribal governments, non-tribal governments and the business sector in a number of areas including public affairs and multi-jurisdictional issues, economic development and assistance in capitalizing and financing business.
Annette recently wrote and produced a series of programs for television, developed through Generation Seven Productions, which have been airing on PBS Eight, inspired and co- produced by former President of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Ivan Makil.
Known as a prolific public speaker, Annette was named “One of the 100 Most Influential in Business” by the Business Journal, and is also the CEO of Alvarez Inc., Opening Doors to Business. Her combined expertise in communications, government relations, community outreach and strategic connections for business is an integral foundation for both companies.
Ms. Alvarez has addressed groups ranging from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University to The Hispanic Women’s Conference and has been honored with recognitions and awards for her entrepreneurial and community spirit.
In 2004 Annette received the Latina Leadership Award from the National Foundation for Women Legislators and was also nominated for the University of Phoenix Distinguished Alumni Award and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year. During her Presidency of the Phoenix Metro Chapter of National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Ms. Alvarez, together with the Board of Directors, brought the organization to unprecedented levels of national recognition building on the successes of prior years. As a result of her ability to bring organizations together, she received NAWBO’s “Bridge Builder Award” twice. The Business Journal has recognized heron several occasions, including being named as one of the “Women of Vision” and as one of “The 100 Most Influential in Business.” Arizona Business Magazine named her as one of the “People to Watch in 2002”. She was also recognized during Native American Recognition Days 2002 for Outstanding Contribution to the Native American Community by a Non-Native Individual.
Prior to starting her own company in 1992, Ms. Alvarez served as official spokesperson for Fife Symington’s 1990 successful bid for Governor of Arizona. During Governor Symington’s tenure, Ms. Alvarez was appointed as Policy Advisor for International Relations, in which capacity she established and directed diplomatic relations between Mexico and the Governor’s administration. Ms. Alvarez worked to restructure the Arizona Mexico Commission to meet the changing economic demands resulting from the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Her work contributed to the opening of the Arizona Office of Trade, Tourism and Investment in Mexico City.
Born in Douglas, Arizona, Ms. Alvarez received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
She is a member of Valley Leadership Class XI, the Board of Directors of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Co-Chair of the Public Policy Committee; member of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce, and has been active in many diverse organizations including Mayor Phil Gordon’s Advisory Board, the City of Phoenix 2006 Bond Election Public Relations Sub-Committee 2005-2006; Founding member of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Athena Powerlink Governing Board, the PBS Eight Advisory Committee, Member of the Board of the Friendly House, the Coalition for Latino Political Action, Board Member , Junior Achievement; the West Valley Child Crisis Nursery (Board of Advisors); MALDEF, and Past President and Board Member of the National Association of Women Business Owners(NAWBO).
Ms Alvarez is also a freelance writer.