State Rep. Aaron Lieberman Throws his Hat in the Ring for Governor

State Rep. Aaron Lieberman announced at the end of June that he will seek the Democratic nomination for governor of Arizona in 2022. He joins two Democrats in the race, including Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and former Nogales mayor Marco Lopez.

He is currently in his second term as a legislator representing Paradise Valley and parts of North-Central Phoenix. Lieberman launched his campaign arguing that some of the biggest decisions at the Capitol in recent years, whether on the budget, education or the environment, have amounted to missed opportunities.

“I’m running for Governor of AZ. Our politics are broken, and it is time for something new. By putting people first & setting politics aside, I’ll be focused on creating real change for AZ,” he stated on Twitter on June 29.

Lieberman is an Arizona native, growing up in one of the neighborhoods he now represents. He graduated from Yale University and worked as a Head Start teacher in South End, Boston, MA. It was his work at Head Start that motivated him to help found Jumpstart, a nonprofit that engages college students as part-time AmeriCorps members working directly with low-income preschoolers to ensure that children enter kindergarten prepared to succeed.

Then in April 2002, he went on to found Acelero Learning, a Head Start program serving several thousand children across the country that is based in New York. Lieberman returned to Arizona in 2015, worked as CEO of Phoenix Spine Surgery Center and then he conceived, founded, and led New Profit’s Early Childhood Support Organization initiative – a $16 million public-private partnership between New Profit and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

In addition to his political duties, Lieberman currently serves as a principal at Impello Ventures. Impello Ventures was founded in 2017 to advocate high-impact, high-growth, companies in healthcare and education, with a particular focus on serving companies to identify, close, and complete financing transactions.

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