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Tracy Taft is the executive director of the International Sonoran Desert Alliance (ISDA), based in Ajo, Arizona near the U.S./Mexico border and the border of the Tohono O'odham Nation. With her leadership, ISDA has been engaged in the redevelopment of the historic Curley School campus an arts-based community economic development strategy for very rural Ajo, AZ. More recently ISDA acquired and is now redeveloping Ajo's historic town plaza. Taft is a tenacious visionary with a background in academic and community education and experience in most elements of strategic nonprofit development and management. Prior to working in Ajo, she spent 15 years in Washington, DC, building the NeighborWorks Training Institute and developing the Gateway CDC in Prince Georges County, MD. Her degrees include a BA in history from Stanford University and an MA and PhD in philosophy from SUNY/Buffalo.