Sandra Watson

AZBio Board of Directors

Sandra Watson 

President & CEO

Arizona Commerce Authority


Sandra Watson was elected to the AZBio Board of Directors in April of 2010 and brings more than 28 years of leadership experience in business attraction and expansion, innovation, entrepreneurship, economic policy and workforce development. She and her teams have worked with more than 1,000 companies that have committed to creating more than 205,000 quality jobs and investing more than $58 billion in capital in the state.

Currently, Ms. Watson serves as the President & CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), a public-private partnership that leads statewide economic development. The unique structure of the ACA brings together leaders from private industry, academia and all three branches of state government. She also oversees the Workforce Arizona Council and Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity, a data-driven team focused on economic and labor market analysis. In addition to leading the ACA and serving on its Board of Directors, Ms. Watson serves on Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s leadership team as his Senior Economic Policy Advisor.

Ms. Watson earned an Honors Bachelor of Commerce Degree, and she has completed the Global Leadership Certification Program at the Thunderbird School of Management. She is a founding partner serving on the Institute for Automated Mobility Board of Directors, a current member of the National State Science and Technology Institute Board of Trustees, and a member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Arizona Board of Directors.