Phoenix City Council Appoints New Phoenix IDA Board Members


PHOENIX (February 14, 2014) —The Phoenix IDA, established by the City Council to provide bond financing for community and economic development projects, announces the election of Barbara Ryan Thompson and Charlene Tarver to the Board.

 Serving a six-year term that recently began, the Board members govern the Phoenix IDA, which has issued more than $840 million in bonds since 2009.

phoenix-ida-logo.png?w=604“Barbara Ryan Thompson and Charlene Tarver bring years of valuable experience to the Phoenix IDA’s Board of Directors and will provide a strategic role in delivering bond financing and economic benefits to the public,” said Juan Salgado, executive director of the Phoenix IDA.

Ryan Thompson is the executive vice president and chief operating officer for Helios Education Foundation. She provides strategic direction to the foundation, overseeing internal operations in addition to fostering external community and stakeholder relations. Prior to joining Helios, Ryan Thompson served six years with Southwest Student Services Corporation. Active in her community, she currently serves on the boards of the US Airways Education Foundation, Tucson Values Teachers, Arizona Grantmakers Forum and Expect More Arizona.

In 2009, Tarver established the Tarver Law Group, a Phoenix-based tax, trust and business planning law firm. She previously worked with the Antitrust Bureau of the Attorney General’s Office in New York City, the Mayor’s Office in Oakland, Calif., and Wilmer Cutler and Pickering in Washington, D.C. Tarver has been active with charitable and civic boards including the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale, the Arizona Foundation for Women, Homeward Bound and TGen (Translational Genomics Research Institute).

Ryan Thompson and Tarver serve on the Board with:

  • ·      Don Keuth (President)
  • ·      Tommy Espinoza (Vice President)
  • ·      Christa Severns (Treasurer)
  • ·      Judy Bernas (Secretary)
  • ·      Bruce Mosby
  • ·      Sal Rivera
  • ·      Marian Yim

About the Phoenix IDA

The Phoenix IDA, established in 1981 by the Phoenix City Council, serves as a conduit issuer of private activity bonds, which attract private investment to finance projects that provide a public benefit.  The Phoenix IDA has a long history of providing access to capital for community and economic development projects. By establishing public/private partnerships through revenue bond financing projects, the Phoenix IDA strives to increase job opportunities within the community, support education and health care, and provide housing for underserved communities, all which benefit the residents of the City of Phoenix and the State of Arizona. The Phoenix IDA does not rely on taxpayer or general fund dollars. For additional information, visit


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February 2014