Meet the RIO Team

There are many public, non-profit, private and community based organizations working in the Rio Reimagined study area. The team of professionals below is dedicated to supporting these local partners, while advancing the structural, programmatic, and financial sustainability of the regional initiative.

Rio Reimagined
Partnership and Initiative Operations

at Arizona State University

Wellington“Duke”Reiter, FAIA

Executive Director, ASU University City Exchange

Senior Director for Rio Reimagined, ASU University City Exchange

Cecilia Riviere

Director, ASU University City Exchange

Rae Ulrich

Senior Director, Marketing + Communications, ASU University City Exchange

Louie Duran

Graphic Design Specialist, ASU University City Exchange

Rio Reimagined
Ambassador to the Urban Waters Federal Partnership

Rio Reimagined Ambassador at the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG)

Cindi Ptak

Rio Reimagined Ambassador at the Maricopa Association of Governments

Cindi is the founder of Hummingbird Collective Consulting, LLC, where she combines decades of government policy and programmatic experience with a commitment to reshaping relationships with federal, tribal, state, and local partners.  She puts her robust understanding of federal funding programs to work as Ambassador for the Rio Reimagined initiative serving as a liaison between local partners and the federal government as part of the Urban Waters Federal Partnership. Hosted by the Maricopa Association of Governments, Cindi provides valuable support to the communities and local and tribal governments located along the Salt and Gila River corridor, including Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Buckeye, Goodyear, Avondale, Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community, and Maricopa County, and members of the Rio Reimagined Advisory Group that include Arizona State University and SRP.

Video of Cindi Ptak on PBS News Hour

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