Empower Governing Board – Regular Governing Board Meetings occur on the 4th Monday of the month at 4:30 PM at the Empower College Prep High School campus (2411 W. Colter St., Phoenix, AZ 85015).

Per A.R.S. 38-431.02, all notices of the meetings for Empower Schools and any of its committees will be posted on this website. Notices will also be posted in the main offices of Empower College Prep Elementary School (5757 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012) which is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:30am-5pm and Thursday from 7:30am-2pm; and Empower College Prep High School, which is open Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm.

Agendas and minutes for governing board meetings and committee meetings can be found here.


2017 – 2018 School Year

July 15, 2017

August 14, 2017

Sept 11, 2017

October 9, 2017

November 13, 2017

December 11, 2017

January 8, 2018 – CANCELLED –

February 12, 2018

March 12, 2018

April 9, 2018

May 14, 2018

June 26, 2018 – Proposed Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget

2016 – 2017 School Year

July 11, 2016

July 16, 2016

August 22, 2016

Sept 26, 2016

October 12, 2016

October 24, 2016

November 28, 2016

Dec 2, 2016 (Moved to January 2, 2017)

January 23, 2017

February 27,2017

March 27, 2017

April 24, 2017

May 22, 2017

June 26, 2017


Patricia Welborn – Chairman

Patricia has over 15 years experience in marketing, strategic planning and project management in the business world. In 2002 she moved to the non-profit sector where, as a consultant, she has led similar projects, along with fundraising campaigns for a variety of Phoenix and Chicago based non-profit agencies.


Patricia has been an active community volunteer for 20 years, serving on the boards and committees of the United Way, the Self Employment Loan Fund, the Heard Museum and multiple school parent organizations. In 2002 she began what has become her life’s passion – advancing educational opportunities for low-income students. She has served on the boards of two charter schools, is a member of the board for the Arizona Charter School Association and serves on the Education Sub-committee for the Arizona Community Foundation.


Patricia received her BA from Pomona College and has an MBA degree from the Anderson Graduate School of Business at UCLA.

Jared Van Arsdale

Genaro Perez

Andrew Collins

Sheila Breen

Kevin Erickson