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David Randolph

David and Merry Randolph moved to the Foothills of Ahwatukee in 2003.

David was a career Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State.  As his career progressed, he ascended into ranks of the Senior Foreign Service, the State Department’s equivalent of a flag officer (general) in the military.

Much of David’s career was spent promoting U.S. values abroad, such as good governance, transparency and accountability, and free and fair elections.  While serving as the head of the U.S. Embassies’ Political Sections in the Dominican Republic and Ecuador in the 1990s, he served as an official U.S. observer to those nations’ elections.  

David's most noteworthy involvement with free and fair elections came in the 1980s, when he was a member of a handpicked team of U.S. officials tasked with promoting the peace process in Central America.  At that time, the region was beset with civil wars, with the Contras battling the Sandinistas in Nicaragua and leftist insurgents battling the governments in El Salvador and Guatemala.  David and his team worked closely with Costa Rican President Oscar Arias on a plan to end the bloodshed by holding free and fair elections.  After having served in Nicaragua for two years, David agreed with President Arias that the Sandinistas would lose an honest election.  He was the U.S. observer at the Esquipulas II summit, where the five Central American presidents hammered out an agreement based on President Arias’ proposal.  This marked an historic turning point, as it led ultimately to the resolution of the wars in all three nations.  The Sandinistas were boxed into having a free and fair election, and as President Arias and David had predicted, the Nicaraguan people voted them out.  President Arias was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

After retiring from the State Department, David was recruited to work for several years at the Arizona-Mexico Commission in the Governor’s Office.  Here he tapped into his experience from his final State Department assignment as Coordinator for U.S.-Mexico Border Affairs.  For example, he produced Arizona’s Global Gateway:  Addressing the Priorities of Our Border Communities; this became the roadmap for the State’s successful effort to promote a $200+ million project to reconfigure the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales and a $42 million project to build the new San Luis II commercial Port of Entry near Yuma.  These projects have yielded great economic benefits to their communities and to the State as a whole.

Before entering the State Department, David served as an Army Special Forces officer (Green Beret).  He had a year-long combat tour in Vietnam 1970-1971.

With regard to his academic background, David has a BA in History and an MA in Latin American History from Arizona State University.  He graduated from the National War College (https://nwc.ndu.edu/), which is equivalent to earning an MS in National Security Affairs.   He also did a year of post-graduate work at the Concilium on International Relations at Yale University as well as course work at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Georgetown University and George Washington University.

Secretary of State Colin Powell honored David by attending his retirement ceremony.

Rob Doherty

Rob Doherty and his wife moved to Mountain Park Ranch in 1988, and to The Foothills in 1997.

Rob is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at General Dynamics Mission Systems in Scottsdale. His work on sophisticated government communications equipment involves interactions with many different agencies of the U.S. Government, including the Department of Defense. Rob has led many complicated projects and has been a technical contributor in systems engineering and software engineering. His areas of expertise include cryptography and real-time embedded system design.

Rob is also a former small business owner. In his seven years as a small business owner, Rob operated his business in accordance with the highest ethical standards, and his business received an A rating from the Better Business Bureau. Rob’s business also required a special license from the State of Arizona, which involved the completion of a successful background investigation by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Rob holds two engineering degrees from Iowa State University: 1) Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering; and 2) Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering.

 
 

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