Laurie Ricci
President

Laurie Ricci is an Arizona native. Her parents moved to Desert Hills in the late 1990s. The landscape was very different at that time. Later, her parents would end up moving north, to New River, Arizona. She moved there in 2010 with her own family. Two of the Ricci’s three daughters were born and raised right here in New River.
“This community is unique. The rustic charm, the wildlife, the open space, the individuality, the freedom, the dark skies, and the people are to me what makes it so special.”

Laurie and her husband Joe have been married since 2001. Joe serves the community as a firefighter paramedic and together, they have three beautiful daughters. In 1997, Laurie started volunteering for the City of Glendale. Her passion for volunteering, coupled with her strong relationship with the City, led her to a paid position in the Parks and Recreation Department where she worked for four years. During her employment with the City of Glendale, she also owned two automotive repair shops with her husband. Later She went to work for a national non-profit youth sports league where she served as National Program Director for over two years.

In 2012, Laurie decided to continue her education and obtained her PMP credential from the Project Management Institute. Today, Laurie is employed by one of the largest professional services firms in the world. She has been at the firm for two and one-half years. Laurie fills her position with pride as the firm operates in 147 countries around the world. “Being a part of an elite team of service professionals is an opportunity that has taught me so much about professionalism. We work to solve society’s problems, so it is an organization that I am proud to be a part of.”

Being a mother, the wife of a busy fireman, and a project management professional, Laurie is also a core member and President of the New River – Desert Hills Incorporation Committee. “Some in our community have been fighting for years. They fought against the zoning change that brought Anthem, they fought against the government to stop them from burning Star-Flash Ranch, then there are others that fought the truck stop, the annexation and now we are fighting against the rezoning on Jenny Lin.” When explaining why she is working so diligently towards exploring incorporation, she says: “We could have responsible growth protect our rural community and our open spaces. Incorporation gives us control over our own destiny.”