Juan Ciscomani

Juan Ciscomani
Senior Advisor for Regional and International Affairs
Office of the Arizona Governor | Douglas A. Ducey

Juan is the Senior Advisor for Regional and International Affairs for Governor Ducey. He is a native of Hermosillo, Sonora and grew up in Tucson. He graduated from the University of Arizona and completed a competitive 1 year Public Policy Fellowship in Washington, DC. for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. As Vice President of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Juan led their growth to triple it in size. He also expanded the chamber’s presence in Mexico by promoting trade opportunities with Arizona. In February of 2015, Juan was appointed by Governor Ducey to serve on his Senior Leadership Team. In his current role as the Senior Advisor for Regional and International Affairs, Juan is responsible for the operations of the Southern Arizona office, the Governor’s Hermosillo office, and the Arizona-Mexico Commission. He leads the Governor’s efforts internationally, and serves as the Governor’s liaison with all Latin American Consulate Offices in Arizona. Additionally, he is part of a select group within the Governor’s Senior Leadership Team who review and interview judicial candidates before their appointment interview with Governor Ducey. Married to Laura, they have Zoe (8), Juan Jr. (6), Kenneth (3), Lily (1) and Lucas Noe (newborn) as their proudest accomplishments.

Arizona Governor Ducey will travel to Hermosillo, Sonora to join Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich in leading the Arizona-Mexico Commission and Comisión Sonora- Arizona Annual Meeting

For Immediate Release: November 30, 2016
Contact: Ruth Soberanes
rsoberanes@az.gov  -or- 602-323-4784

Arizona Governor Ducey will travel to Hermosillo, Sonora to join Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich in leading the Arizona-Mexico Commission and Comisión Sonora- Arizona Annual Meeting

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Arizona Governor Doug Ducey will travel to Hermosillo, Sonora on Friday, December 2, 2016 to join Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich in leading the two-day winter meeting of the Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC) and Comisión Sonora- Arizona (CSA). The Governors will reaffirm their commitment to growing economic prosperity in the Arizona-Sonora region, meeting with notable leaders of the public and private sectors from both sides of the border and championing AMC and CSA committee-led initiatives that promote trade and binational information sharing.

The meeting’s theme, “Megaregion, a partnership that generates results,” is founded on the premise that our two states act as a single Megaregion in order to expand, retain and attract business and grow jobs. In the Megaregion, companies can tap into a binational supply chain, top-ranked higher education systems and skilled workforce, modern infrastructure and a low tax burden. Additionally, the strategic geographic location of the Arizona-Sonora megaregion provides access to major international growth markets.

The meeting will take place just days after Governor Pavlovich joined Governor Ducey and Lucid Motors Executives in Phoenix to announce the new electric car company will build its manufacturing center in Casa Grande, Arizona, in 2017. One of the factors in the selection was Arizona’s proximity to Mexico and the robust supply chain that the Arizona-Sonora region has to offer.

The Governors will participate in other key cross-border initiatives in areas such as economic development, tourism, education, energy and transportation that advance the objectives of the Megaregion. For example, the State of Sonora’s Energy Commission and the Arizona Governor’s Office of Energy and Natural Resources policy will sign a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in the production of an energy roadmap intended to allow our states to harness our competitive advantages in the development of a dynamic energy industry.

Additionally, Arizona and Sonora share a number of environmental issues related to water, air, solid waste and wildlife which transcend political boundaries. The Governors will sign a Memorandum of Understanding between both states for the development and implementation of an environmental strategic plan in the Megaregion.

These and many more developments are expected to have a positive aftermath for our region, and send a clear message that Arizona and Sonora, privileged by their geography and location, stand as economic development partners and engines for global competitiveness in North America.

Videos: 2016 Arizona-Mexico Commission Summit

On June 23-24, the Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC) hosted its premier annual event, the 2016 AMC Summit: “Visionary Leadership Driving Global Competitiveness” in Scottsdale, Arizona. The high-level forums were recorded and may be viewed below.

2016 AMC Summit: Day 1

2016 AMC Summit: Day 2

2016 AMC Summit: Gala

2016 AMC Summit Overview

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On June 23-24, the Arizona- Mexico Commission (AMC) hosted its premier annual event, the 2016 AMC Summit: “Visionary Leadership Driving Global Competitiveness.” Under the leadership of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, we saw record-breaking attendance (with over 500 business and government leaders) and an unprecedented magnitude and level of participants in our organization’s 57 years of history. Our speakers included three cabinet level Mexican government officials (Secretary of Agriculture Jose Calzada, Secretary of Tourism Enrique de la Madrid, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Claudia Ruiz Massieu), the Undersecretaries of Energy and Transportation, ambassadors, entrepreneurs like the designer of the Soccket, Victor Angel, and top mining executives such as Jaime Lomelin.

Governor Ducey and Governor Pavlovich sent a clear signal promoting our region and forging closer ties at our Summit. The Governors participated in several private meetings with officials from Mexico’s highest levels of government and our binational committees’ co-chairs. The Governors also spoke at our Decision Makers Panel and signed agreements of cooperation between our states during the plenary session. The agreements included:

  • Health: Declaration of Cooperation between the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Sonora Secretariat of Public Health to promote opportunities for exchanges and training of public health professionals of both states and to join efforts to address concussions in the Arizona-Sonora region.
  • Real Estate: Declaration of Cooperation between the Cadastral Institute and Registry for the State of Sonora and the Arizona Department of Real Estate to coordinate the sharing of information regarding the registration process in Sonora and Arizona.
  • Economic Development: Declaration of Cooperation between the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Sonora Secretariat of Economy to coordinate regional promotion in business attraction efforts.
  • Infrastructure and transportation: Agreement on collaboration between the Arizona Department of Transportation and Department of Infrastructure and Urban Development of the State of Sonora (SIDUR) on collaboration and participation in the Arizona-Mexico Corridor Study.

In addition our binational committees’ chairs met with their Sonoran counterparts to discuss common goals and action plans. Their action plans will be posted on our website.

Furthermore, representatives of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Mexican Customs (“Aduanas”) made an announcement during our Summit that both Customs services are implementing a Pilot Program to Co-Locate Aduanas personnel inside the Mariposa inspection compound.  U.S. Customs personnel will enter Mexico to conduct pre-inspections and therefore pre-clear U.S.-bound conveyances.  Once these conveyances cross the border and enter the U.S. inspection facilities, they are to be treated as low risk shipments and expedited through the inspection process. This pilot program stands to make Nogales more competitive than other ports of entry on the US-Mexico border.

Our event also received widespread coverage from members of the media locally and internationally. Some articles include:

  • Ducey y Pavlovich prometen activar ‘mega región’- La Voz
  • My Turn (Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu): Grow trade with Mexico now (or regret it later)- AZ Central
  • Exclusive: Ducey talks rebuilding, expanding relations with Sonora, Mexico- Phoenix Business Journal

We are grateful for all participants and supporters who made this event possible! To see a full gallery of photos, please click here.

Governor Doug Ducey Appoints Marcos Garay New Executive Director of the Arizona-Mexico Commission

AMC Media Advisory
For Immediate Release: March 30, 2016
Media contact: Ruth Soberanes
rsoberanes@az.gov -or- 602-542-1287

PHOENIX – Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Marcos Garay as executive director of the Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC).

“Strengthening Arizona’s relationship with our largest trade partner, Mexico, is an important priority for my administration,” said Governor Ducey. “With his extensive experience and expertise, Marcos will help us take Arizona’s relationship with Mexico to new levels.”

Mr. Garay is an accomplished senior executive with a background in international business and operating success in financial services. He recently served as President & CEO of Nafinsa Securities in New York City as well as Managing Director at BBVA Bancomer in Mexico City. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Bancomer Financial Services in Houston.

“Marcos will undoubtedly be an excellent addition to the AMC team,” said David Farca, President of the Arizona-Mexico Commission. “He is an experienced professional with deep understanding of Mexico and Arizona roots. We are excited to welcome him on board in April.”

Mr. Garay received a degree in Operations and Production Management from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Thunderbird Global School of Management.