Evelyn Casuga serves in consulting and volunteer capacities in the areas of economic and community development, education, and civic engagement. Her current roles include: Senior Advisor, Community Relations, Office of the President Central Arizona College; and Consultant to Center for the Future of Arizona at Arizona State University.
After 25 years, Evelyn retired in December 2014 as General Manager of Community Affairs at APS, the largest and longest serving investor-owned utility in Arizona. Her area encompassed community relations, corporate contributions and volunteer programs, economic development, and strategic partnerships. She served in numerous leadership roles during her tenure at APS including Southeast Arizona Division Manager.
Previous to APS, her roles included nearly 10 years in municipal government serving as City Manager of Eloy and Town Manager of Marana; and Manager of Community/Client Development for the Western Gateway Team, an Arizona regional economic development group, serving five West Valley communities.
Evelyn is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) and serves on the Boards of Directors for Pinal Alliance for Economic Growth and past chair, Business Development Finance Corp., Casa Grande Elementary School Employee Benefits Trust, Central Arizona College Foundation and past chair, and Friends of Public Radio-KJZZ and immediate past chair, Community Advisory Board for Banner Casa Grande Regional Medical Center, advisory committee to Asian Corporate and Entrepreneur Leaders, and Development Chair for Arizona Town Hall.
Evelyn is the recipient of the William Lampkin Long Term Excellence in Economic Development Award and the Economic Developer of the Year from the Arizona Association for Economic Development. She received a Profiles of Success Special Recognition Award from Valle del Sol in September 2016 and the Asian Pacific Community in Action Community Leader Award in 2015. She also received the Governing Board Award from Central Arizona College in Pinal County in 2013 and is an Honorary member of the Arizona City/County Management Association.
Evelyn received her Masters of City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz.