As the Vice President of Arizona Leadership Foundation, Ariana Muth is responsible for running multiple facets of the business. Before starting ALF with her husband, Aaron the Foundation’s CEO, she worked in commercial real estate. She did marketing and handled the processing of lease and sale negotiations. In addition, she also worked in the accounting department. This experience helped her see the whole business process including; networking, marketing, client relations, deal negotiations and escrows.
Upon graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in BS in Business, Ariana was a substitute teacher. She worked in special education classrooms and classes from Kindergarten through high school. This gave her a glimpse into the Arizona public education system.
In her role with ALF, Ariana oversees the Disabled and Displaced program which included working with families on their scholarship options, budgeting DD scholarship award amounts, working with schools on scholarship program awareness and education, training seminars for schools and families and issuing awards. Through Ariana’s work with the DD program, it has grown substantially – initially $35K in scholarships was awarded to 8 students in the Foundation’s first year of operation – 5 years later ALF awarded over 390 disabled and displaced students scholarships over $3 million for the 2017-18 school year.
Ariana coordinates the events for the foundation, which include an annual donor appreciation breakfast, charity events and a scholarship fair held at GEICO’s office for families, as well as Phoenix and Tucson scholarship seminars for schools. She also works on the business operations side of the foundation managing staff hiring, payroll and other operational functions.
Ariana is a mom to Gabriella and Dalton. Gabriella entered Kindergarten at a Cave Creek public school this year and Dalton is 2 years old. Ariana loves to spend time with her family, traveling, hiking and riding her horse in the beautiful Sonoran Desert.