Marlon Mayo joined the Arizona Leadership Foundation Development team bringing with him a variety of business experience and a passion for volunteering, making him an ideal fit for the ALF Team. The entrepreneurship gene runs deep within him, Marlon started working at a young age in his family business, where they owned and operated several convenience stores; In 2019 he ventured out on his own, by purchasing a mobile restaurant. Unfortunately, he was forced to close the doors due to the effects of the pandemic. Determined to keep going, Marlon retrofitted the mobile restaurant into a mobile diagnostic center and began testing for COVID-19. The company’s primary focus was providing free COVID-19 testing and education to the displaced, low-income, and underserved communities of Phoenix. In addition to his more recent positions in entrepreneurship, Marlon worked in Kabul Afghanistan for Insitu/Boeing as a Program Manager with NATO Forces and the Afghan National Army. He was responsible for management of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) equipment supporting the Afghan National Army including over 2,400-line items stocked within a regional warehouse. In between his time in Afghanistan as a defense contractor he worked for APL Logistics in Scottsdale as a Senior Logistician.
Currently Marlon volunteers with the youth of Phoenix at Zion Institute. At Zion, his primary focus is mentoring young men in the community in an effort to break generational cycles of poverty. Prior to this role he volunteered at an Outreach Ranch whose mission is helping children, families and first responders heal, strengthen and empower their future through equestrian therapy.
He has a Bachelor’s Administration- Business Management from McNeese State University.
Marlon is a Louisiana Native who enjoys cooking, fitness, and golfing with friends.
Over a decade ago, Luis Jimenez played in a grade school Mariachi Band at the Arizona Leadership Foundation Scholarship Fair. Luis played the violin and sang as part of the group, he has had the quite the journey since that sunny day in Tucson. Meet our latest “Where Are They Now” Spotlight Story, Luis Jimenez […]Read More
Every year, The Arizona Leadership Foundation hosts our donors for a breakfast event in May to celebrate our Corporate Champion’s contributions to education across Arizona. This year for our 10th Anniversary, we were excited to have our event at St. Mary’s and bring ALF home to where it started. In addition to serving as our […]Read More
Meet Dani Raymond who just recently graduated from Yuma Catholic High School with an unweighted 3.96 GPA. She comes from a family of seven and is the middle child of the five siblings. Dani has been attending private school since she was in second grade with the help of scholarships from the Arizona Leadership Foundation. […]Read More
Meet the Baker family from St. Augustine Catholic High School in Tucson. Kevin Luke is currently a freshman and Olivia is finishing up her sophomore year. Originally the mom, Andrea Neale, was living in Baton Rouge, LA. Unfortunately, she was displaced during Hurricane Katrina. She decided to move to Tucson, where she had family. A […]Read More
Meet the Hann Family from West Valley Christian School (WVCS) in Goodyear, Arizona. Bryson, age 9 is in 3rd grade Emerson, age 7, is in 1st grade Grayson, age 6 is in kindergarten N. H., age 6, is in kindergarten L.H., age 3, is in preschool From their mom, Amber Hann, “We chose to walk […]Read More
The Frausto family is made up of nine people including seven adorable children. The four school aged children are currently enrolled at St. Ambrose Catholic School in Tucson, AZ. Jeanette is in 4th grade, Gianna is in 3rd grade, Gabriel is in 2nd grade and Jacey started Kindergarten this year. The siblings are each a year and a […]Read More
Meet Layola Wallace a Freshman at St. Michael Indian School (SMIS) located in Window Rock, Arizona. This is her first year at SMIS and she has had a fairly easy transition to the school and is currently on the cheerleading squad and would like to try out for soccer next year. She told us that […]Read More
Meet Cyrus and Elijah Wiley from the Tucson Waldorf School (TWS). The boys are currently in 8th and 7th grade and have been at the school since preschool. A couple of years before finding TWS the family had a life-changing event that left their mom paralyzed from the waist down. April Wiley and Cyrus, who […]Read More
Meet Dalen Obiedo. He is one of four siblings being raised by their single mom, Mari. School has not always been easy for Dalen, who is Autistic. He attended public school and had trouble with kids bullying him, which led to him not wanting to attend school because he was afraid of being hurt. Dalen […]Read More
Meet Olivya, a darling Kindergarten student at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic School. Olivya has been raised by her father, Kelton, since she was two years old. Finding a job that understood Kelton’s situation as a single parent has always been a challenge. There were times when he was unemployed simply because he did not […]Read More
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