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Maria Morales Spelleri serves as General Counsel & Executive Vice President. In this capacity, Maria oversees CPLC’s legal, compliance, internal audit, human resources; risk management, insurance corporate services, and advises the CPLC Board of Directors on all legal matters.
Prior to CPLC, Maria was an equity owner and partner at Lewis and Roca LLP, counseling nonprofit organizations, public agencies, small manufacturers and affordable housing developers in financing the acquisition, construction, renovation, equipping or refinancing of new or expanding capital projects.
Maria received Arizona’s 2016 Associate Corporate Counsel Award for excellence in the non-profit sector and was recognized as one of Arizona’s top business lawyers in public finance in the April 2010 edition of AZ Business’ Top Lawyers.
Maria’s community service includes leadership positions on boards of several nonprofit organizations and is a member of the Board of Directors for The Industrial Development Authority of Maricopa County and has served as the Chairwoman of Valle del Sol, Inc., the Phoenix Residential Investment Development Effort (PRIDE), and the Secretary of New Arizona Family, Inc. Additionally, Ms. Spelleri has previously served as a member of the Phoenix Commission on Housing and Neighborhoods.
Maria received her law degree from Boston University School of Law and an MBA from Boston University School of Management. Maria’s additional graduate studies include selection as a fellow in the Jesse Marvin Unruh Assembly Fellowship program at Sacramento State University.