Arjelia “Argie” Gomez is Chief Financial Officer of Chicanos Por La Causa Inc., a community development organization in Arizona that has been operating for more than four decades. As a financial expert, Argie understands that marriage equality is the best move to protect Arizona’s growing business community.
“Marriage equality makes good business sense,” Argie said, “Arizona must be competitive with other jurisdictions – like neighboring California — when trying to woo new business.”
As CPLC’s CFO, Argie is responsible for the strategic operational leadership of the company’s core services, which include finance, information technology, human resources, quality assurance, corporate compliance, marketing and resource development. Prior to her appointment as CFO, she served as the firm’s chief economic development officer and chief operating officer. Argie continues to push the organization into the future, ensuring that CPLC will be a resource for years to come.
Her professional experience gives her a unique perspective on CPLC operations. Having begun her career as a probation officer with the Pinal County Juvenile Court, Argie progressed to the Foster Care Review Board and then worked as director of Juvenile Justice Services Division with the Arizona Supreme Court.
For more than 30 years, Argie has successfully led community development initiatives. She is committed to sustained economic growth in Arizona and effectively and efficiently providing services to under served communities.
“It’s time for Arizona to wake up and understand the power of equality and justice for all,” Argie said.
In addition to being a long supporter of Arizona’s business community, Argie is also a native Arizonan, a wife, and a mother. Born in Superior, AZ, Argie knew raising her family in her home state was important to her. She is happily married to husband, Robert, for 12 years. They enjoy spending time with Robert’s three children and grandchildren. “The thought that not all families can live safe and happily in Arizona, like my family does, is heartbreaking and sad,” Argie explained, “Arizona needs to respect and support all members of our communities, and moving marriage forward for gay and lesbian couples is the right next step.”