Principal, Arizona Strategies
Andy Kunasek served as a Maricopa County Supervisor (District 3) with distinction from 1997 to 2016. In 2003, Andy was named “Outstanding Elected Official of the Year” by the National Association for County Parks & Recreation for his championing of the County’s parks system. During his tenure, he prioritized fiscal accountability and responsible government and earned a reputation for his down to earth style and ability to get things done.
Today, Andy oversees a diversified portfolio of clients including major real estate developments in the West Valley. He provides expertise to clients in areas of focus including utilities and energy, transportation, waste management, commercial real estate, economic development and municipal finance.
While Andy served as a Supervisor, Maricopa County earned a national reputation for sound management and accountability. He sponsored policies to ensure the County carried no general obligation debt, making it one of the largest counties in the country with no debt. Maricopa County used a “pay-as-you-go” philosophy when constructing capital infrastructure like buildings, saving taxpayers hundreds of millions in interest charges.
Thousands of acres of open space and parks were added to the Maricopa County Parks System during his tenure. One of Andy’s greatest accomplishments on the Board was overseeing the creation of a continuous 310-mile trail system that encompasses the entire Phoenix Metropolitan area.
He has served on the boards of directors for the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Audubon Arizona, Great Hearts Academies and Maricopa County Board of Health. During his tenure on the Board of Supervisors, he was appointed to the Maricopa Association of Government (MAG) Economic Development Committee.
In addition to his work with Arizona Strategies, Kunasek leads Mercado Management, a diversified land acquisition and real estate management company, and owns interest in a number agricultural-oriented enterprises.
In his free time, Andy is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending quality time with his wife and children.