Sandra Watson brings more than 20 years of economic development experience to Arizona. She and her teams have successfully attracted to Arizona hundreds of companies that have invested billions of dollars in capital and created more than 65,000 quality jobs.
In her 16 years with the Arizona Department of Commerce, Ms. Watson served in multiple positions with increasing responsibilities and results. She has managed Business Development, Business Attraction, Workforce and Marketing. She has also served as Director of Innovation and Technology, and she continues to be a leading participant in these sectors.
Ms. Watson is a collaborative leader who excels in strategic thinking and relationship building. Most recently, she has worked tirelessly as a leader to implement the exciting new vision for the Arizona Commerce Authority, providing invaluable energy and stability during the transition from the Department of Commerce. Her leadership and Legislature involvement have resulted in consensus and the specific strategies currently being implemented.