PHOENIX – Gov. Jan Brewer today announced the appointment of Kurt R. Davis to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission.
“Kurt possesses a wealth of expertise in government, communications and business,” said Gov. Brewer. “In addition to an eclectic professional background, Kurt is both well-liked and well-versed in issues affecting the Arizona outdoors. He will be a tremendous asset to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission.”
An avid hunter and fisherman, Davis is currently a founding partner at FirstStrategic Communications & Public Affairs, where he specializes in strategic public policy development for non-profit clients, issues relating to rural Arizona, and government relations. He also is on the board of directors of Great Hearts Academies, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, and ASU’s Ramsey Executive Program for Public Policy.
Prior to forming FirstStrategic, Davis served as the vice president of public affairs & marketing at Northern Arizona University. Earlier, he was vice president of public affairs & corporate communications at Rural/Metro, a company that provides fire and ambulance services to communities across the country.
Before joining Rural/Metro, Davis was a deputy chief of staff and executive assistant in the office of former Arizona Gov. Fife Symington. In that role, he had direct oversight of executive agencies such as the departments of Transportation and Corrections. He has also served as director of intergovernmental affairs & issues analysis at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, and executive director of the Arizona Republican Party.
Davis has held a variety of state and federal appointments, including with the Arizona Board of Regents and Arizona State Board of Charter Schools, as well as with the administration of President Ronald Reagan, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. He received a Bachelor of Science from Northern Arizona University in 1984.
Davis awaits confirmation by the Arizona State Senate before joining the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. His appointment was made to fill the upcoming vacancy that will be created by the departure from the commission of Robert Woodhouse, whose term is expiring.