Ian Calkins


Ian has been with Copper State 18 years and is responsible for handling regulatory affairs, with an emphasis on development of utility-scale energy projects. His particular strength is an ability to land in un-charted rural areas and set up shop for clients developing generation and transmission infrustructure. He has a vast network of allies in most all of Arizona’s fifteen counties, and is a well-known figure with trust relationships at the Arizona Corporation Commission.


Emily Ryan


Emily has been with Copper State for 11 years and is an Arizona native. She is responsible for government affairs and lobbying efforts, spending the bulk of her time at the Arizona House and Senate when the Legislature is in session. She advises our clients on high-stakes political negotiations and legislative strategies. Outside of lobbying, Emily provides trial consulting services to clients facing litigation in Arizona and through the U.S. She appears frequently as an expert political analyst in the Phoenix media market.


Alice Lara


Alice has been with Copper State Consulting Group for 20 years and is responsible for handling the broad-based needs of our clients.
A former elected official, Alice served a 4-year term on the governing board of the Maricopa County Integrated Health System, elected by the voters of District 5 in 2008. She is fluent in Spanish and is a member of the Arizona Latino Media Association (ALMA) and Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ACADV).