Master of Ceremonies

Jevin D. Hodge

Jevin D. Hodge is a prominent community and business leader in Arizona. Professionally, Hodge is Director of National Engagement and Partnerships for LINK Strategic Partners, an international consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. Leading operations from Phoenix, Hodge works with community partners and clients around the world to maximize social impact by governments, non-profits, and businesses. His clients have included the District of Columbia, the City of Brownsville (TX), Guilford County (NC), the Austin Independent School District (TX), the Citi Open Tennis Tournament, Lyft, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership, College Success Arizona, Newfields & the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the UK Town & Gown Association, and other impact-focused organizations.

Hodge is focused on community leadership throughout Arizona. He serves as President and Chairman of the Board for the Booker T. Washington Child Development Center, the longest running Head Start school in the state. BTW provides early childhood education and other critical services to nearly a thousand low-income families at 35 sites around Phoenix. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors for Jewish Child and Family Services, an integrated mental and physical health center with several locations across Maricopa County, and as an advisor to the Arizona Director of Public Safety.

Hodge received the City of Tempe’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Award, the East Valley NAACP’s Roy Wilkins Service Award for Lifetime Achievement, Grambling State University’s MLK Award, and Maricopa County NAACP’s Next Gen Trailblazer Award. He has also received industry awards for his national and international consulting work at LINK Strategic Partners. A sought-after speaker locally and nationally on business, civics, and leadership, he delivers keynote remarks at national conferences, including the American Constitution Society and National Head Start Association. Hodge is regularly asked to comment on issues relating to Arizona government, education, and politics, appearing in local and national media outlets.

He is deeply politically engaged, having served as a leader of a major political party in Arizona, Congressional nominee in one of America’s closest and most watched federal races, nominee for the closest Maricopa County Board of Supervisors race in 2020, and has led efforts to secure millions of dollars in bond and override funding for Arizona schools.

The oldest son of a single mom, Hodge grew up in public housing in Tempe, Arizona. He is a graduate of The George Washington University in D.C.