Ben Graff was elected within Maricopa County to a six-year term on the CAWCD Board of Directors on November 8, 2016. Mr. Graff works for the Phoenix office of the national law firm Quarles & Brady LLP, in its Real Estate Practice Group, where he focuses on his land use, zoning and municipal government relations practice. Mr. Graff has provided consistent and successful results for his clients on rezoning cases and special permits, zoning due diligence, downtown infill, luxury resort development, use permits and variances, site plan and design review, zoning interpretations, master planned communities and mixed use developments.
Between 2004 and 2006, Ben was appointed by Governor Janet Napolitano to serve a two-year term on the Arizona Board of Regents. Today, he serves as a Regent Emeritus, providing guidance and feedback regarding our state universities’ initiatives and strategic planning.
Ben is currently a member of Arizona Forward and serves on the Board of Directors for Kids at Hope, a non-profit organization. He is a member of Valley Leadership Class 31 and the Flinn-Brown Leadership Academy Class 1. He also served as Legislative Chair for Valley Partnership from 2012-2016.
Ben earned a BA from the University of Arizona and a J.D. from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. Ben is the namesake for the Benjamin Graff Award for Excellence in Public Service, University of Arizona, which was established in 2005. Ben is a native Arizonan. He is an avid hiker/backpacker and enjoys playing the guitar. He and his wife, Lin, have two girls and live in Phoenix, Arizona.