Michael Nowakowski, Phoenix City Councilman

A lifelong resident of Phoenix, Ariz., Michael Nowakowski was elected to the Phoenix City Council in 2007, in the wake of a grass roots campaign that saw him overcome a much better funded and well-connected opponent. He is also vice president of communications for Radio Campesina, a 10-station network of the most popular nonprofit educational-format Spanish-language radio stations throughout California's Central Coast and Central Valley as well as Arizona and Washington state's Lower Columbia basin and Tri-Cities area. Nowakowski oversees Radio Campesina's daily operations and is responsible for its expansion and success.

Before becoming executive vice president of the radio network, for nearly 10 years he served as general manager of 88.3 FM KNIA, the largest market in the country for Radio Campesina. Prior to Radio Campesina, Nowakowski was assistant director of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix.

He currently serves as a member of Phoenix City Council panels on Downtown, Aviation and Economy; Public Safety and Veterans; Seniors, Families and Parks; and Youth. His other public services includes City of Phoenix Historic Bond Committee co-chair 2006; more than 16 years as member of an advisory board to the city's chief of police; founding member of the Mayor's Anti-Graffiti Task Force; the City of Phoenix Census 2000 and 2010 committees; the Phoenix Union High School Superintendent's Advisory Board; and chairman of the Santa Rosa Neighborhood Council.

Nowakowski has spent his life working to make a difference and build community. His philosophy of service to others was deeply influenced by his parents, who taught him the value of community involvement.

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