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Local resident name to Chandler Cultural Foundation

July 21st, 2020 development
Local resident name to Chandler Cultural Foundation


A Chandler resident with a long history in strategic planning and community engagement has been named to the Chandler Cultural Foundation.

LaTricia Harper Woods has been named to the non-profit, the managing board for the Chandler Center of the Arts.

Woods has a 25-year career in public relations, public affairs, marketing, crisis communications, internal communications and multicultural communications for government agencies, nonprofits and small businesses.

A resident of Chandler for the last 12 years, she will serve will serve a three-year term on the foundation and “will focus on broadening the reach and awareness of the board’s programs and events,” according to a release.

Woods is founder and president of Mahogany Xan Communications, LLC, a public relations firm working with a variety of clients to develop and implement their communication strategies.

She has been recognized in both the Valley and Wichita her professional achievements and community involvement and is an adjunct professor for the Maricopa Community Colleges, leading courses for marketing and advertising for small businesses.

Prior to the creation of her firm, Woods worked in the city governments of Wichita and Maricopa as a public information officer and as the assistant to the city manager for the City of Scottsdale.

She served as a volunteer for the Chandler Museum, developing the strategy for the launch of the new facility which opened in 2018. She is a 25-year member of Public Relations Society of America and serves on the executive committee for the Counselors Academy Section was a member of Valley Leadership’s 28th Class.

Woods also is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and a sustaining member of Junior League of Phoenix. In 2019, she was appointed National Public Relations Chair for the Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.

“The Chandler Cultural Foundation Board is comprised of such an impressive array of community leaders, who each bring their expertise and unique perspectives to help us serve the cultural community,” said Jeanne Forbis, Chandler Cultural Foundation chair, adding:

“LaTricia is a true powerhouse – her understanding of city government, her passion for the arts and social service, her expertise in communications and her vast history of community involvement will be of immeasurable value to the Board. We are thrilled to have her join us.”

Woods said that as a longtime Chandler resident, “I was searching for a way to serve in the community that we love. I also know that I serve with a spirit of an exceptional community servant, Janet Tobias, always with me. As such, the work that I do as a member of the Board not only is done to shine a spotlight on our brilliant community but to honor her memory as well.”