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Gov. Hobbs appoints two from Yuma County to Arizona-Mexico Commission Board of Directors

Gov. Katie Hobbs has appointed two Yuma County leaders to the board of directors for the Arizona-Mexico Commission.

Gov. Hobbs on Thursday announced Julie Engel, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation, and Buna George, executive director for the Greater Yuma Port Authority were among more than two dozen appointees to the commission.

Hobbs said her administration is working closely with Sonoran counterparts to advance cross-border initiatives. She also announced that the commission’s first Binational Plenary in more than four years will take place in the fall.

There are more women in the current group of appointees than have ever served previously.

Applications are still accepted on a rolling basis for those interested in applying, as additional appointments may be made. Visit to fill out an application.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.