Key People

Mignonne Hollis │ Board Member
Mignonne is currently the Executive Director of the Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation and President Elect of the Arizona Association for Economic Development. She also chairs the public policy committee of the International Economic Development Council and serves on the Canyon Vista Medical Center board of trustees. She was recently appointed to the National Small Business Association Advisory Board as well as the International Boundary and Water Commission. She has served on the Arizona Commerce Authority Board. Mignonne is Founder of Aerospace Arizona Association and through this association has formed the UAS Center for Innovation at the Benson Airport. In her efforts to support economic development in Arizona, Mignonne co-authors a weekly newspaper advice column for business owners. She was named Arizona Economic Developer of the Year in 2014 and in 2017 her organization was named small organization of the year. Mignonne is dedicated to making an economic impact not only in rural Arizona, but throughout the entire state. Mignonne graduated from Tombstone Union High School, attended the University of Arizona, and went on to earn her MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Erik Lee │ Executive Director and Board Member
Erik is Executive Director of the North American Research Partnership, a member of the Good Neighbor Environment Board, a Fellow with the Arizona Civic Leadership Academy and a board member of the Border Youth Tennis Exchange. He is passionate about the highly strategic, and misunderstood U.S.-Mexico border region and innovative work that brings together areas such as international trade, crossborder economic development and environmental sustainability. He is co-editor and author of a number of publications, including The Impact of the USMCA on Arizona (2019), The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition (2015), the State of the Border Report: A Comprehensive Analysis of the U.S.-Mexico Border Region (2013) and The U.S.-Mexican Border Environment: Progress and Challenges for Sustainability (2012). His work and commentary have been featured by a variety of media outlets including the Associated Press, the New York Times, The Economist, public radio, the Arizona Republic, the San Diego Union-Tribune, and the El Paso Times, among other outlets. He received his master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of California, San Diego and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona.

Rick Van Schoik │Portfolio Director and Board Member
Rick is the Portfolio Director of the North American Research Partnership (NARP) and focuses on transborder energy, sustainability, and security and their intersection. He was previously the Director of the North American Center for Transborder Studies (NACTS) at Arizona State University and of the Southwest Consortium for Environmental Research and Policy (SCERP). He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and was a SEAL until returning to graduate school at the California State University at San Diego. He has authored numerous reports, articles, and chapter on ecological integrity and environmental quality, clean energy and climate security, and implementation of technology to improve security and processing of flows at ports of entry. Rick is based in San Diego.