The Arizona Multihousing Association, the statewide trade association for the apartment industry, has named longtime advocacy partner Courtney Gilstrap LeVinus as the Interim President and CEO for the Association. For nearly 20 years, LeVinus has worked with the AMA leading their advocacy team at the federal, state and local levels. She’s the co-founder of public affairs firm Capitol Consulting, headquartered in Phoenix.
Tom Simplot, the President and CEO for the past nine years, has accepted an executive position with a federal agency in Washington, D.C.
“Courtney has been instrumental in the expansion and success of the Association for nearly two decades. Thanks to her efforts, we have been able to curtail unnecessary regulation and educate leaders around the state about the benefits and economic impact of the multifamily industry,” said Amy Smith Montoya, Managing Partner of Bella Investment Group and Chair of the Board of Directors for the AMA. “She’s been an exceptional representative for our members at the federal and state levels.”
Smith noted Simplot’s exceptional contributions to the Association as well, “Under Tom’s leadership, the Arizona Multihousing Association has become stronger than ever. Our membership has grown in number, we are financially stable, and our industry’s level of impact on the state-wide community through supporting programs such as Raising a Reader, New Horizons and UMOM is something we never dreamed we could do.”
“I’m thrilled to accept this appointment and have the opportunity to serve an incredibly talented and committed Board of Directors. My career has focused on housing and the apartment industry, and this is an opportunity to further our efforts as the market grows,” said LeVinus.
Capitol Consulting and its team of public affairs experts will continue to lead the advocacy efforts for the Association and Jake Hinman will take on additional leadership of their portfolio of clients.