Polsinelli shareholder Melissa Miller Proctor has been selected to serve on the Working Board of the Metropolitan Phoenix Export Alliance. MPEXA is considered the “go to” outlet for all Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) looking for export assistance and guidance.
“I am excited to be part of this new effort to support the Greater Phoenix Metro area in becoming a hub of trade and global commerce,” said Proctor, who has spent her career handling international trade, import and export legal matters for companies throughout the United States and abroad. “MPEXA was created to facilitate the coordination of trade and export support activities in the Greater Phoenix region and build collaboration among key partners, members and stakeholders. It will play a vital role in the years to come.”
The MPEXA Advisory and Working Boards consist of key partners, including representatives from: the Arizona Commerce Authority; Arizona Export District Council; Arizona Small Business Association; Arizona State University; Arizona Technology Council; Greater Phoenix Economic Council; Maricopa Association of Governments; Phoenix MBDA Business Center; Transportation and Trade Corridor Alliance; the U.S. Department of Commerce; and the U.S. Small Business Administration. MPEXA will also work closely with the U.S. Department of Commerce, the International Trade Administration, and other organizations, committing to finding pathways for improving access to trade opportunities for local businesses.
Over the past several years, elected officials and business, civic, and university leaders in the Greater Phoenix metro area have come together to firmly establish the region as a global innovation leader and to ensure a strong economy for the long term. One of the primary objectives is to establish Greater Phoenix as a global trade hub by connecting small- and medium-sized suppliers and new businesses to growing markets while positioning the Greater Phoenix region as a location of choice for global investors.
In addition to her legal practice, Proctor has served as General Counsel and Vice President of the Phoenix Chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade. She is also a member of the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI), CompTIA, the Society of International Affairs, and the International Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona for which she served as an Executive Board Member in 2013.