Sasha and Rodney Glassman first met while earning their law degrees at the University of Arizona. Rodney had recently completed his Ph.D. in arid land resource sciences and received the National Outstanding Research Presentation Award from the American Association of Agricultural Educators for his research on the impact of hands-on learning.
During Rodney’s final year of law school, he was elected to the Tucson City Council and led Tucson to become the first city in the country to require rainwater harvesting on all new commercial development and gray-water plumbing in all new homes. For his successes in championing sustainability initiatives, Rodney was awarded the Environmental Achievement Award from the Environmental Protection Agency and received speaking invitations from the mayors of cities across Arizona to share his method for coalition building around conservation.
In December of 2010, Sasha completed her law degree, MBA, and master’s degree in Latin American studies. She is currently corporate counsel for a global electronics manufacturing company, volunteers as a small-claims hearing officer for Maricopa County, and in November of 2012, was elected to the Governing Board of the Madison Elementary School District in Phoenix. Additionally, Sasha serves on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel and is an appointed member of the Arizona Department of Education’s Teacher Certification Advisory Committee.
Rodney is an attorney at Ryley Carlock & Applewhite, former town manager of Cave Creek, Arizona, and serves as a Captain in the United States Air Force’s Judge Advocate General (JAG) Reserve Corps at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson. An Eagle Scout, he also serves as vice president of the Grand Canyon Council Boy Scouts of America. Staunch advocates for the public school system, in 2013, Sasha and Rodney worked with Arizona State Representative Jeff Dial to develop and champion the “Extraordinary Educators” license plate, which raises valuable resources for public educators across Arizona.
Sasha and Rodney have a passion for education, helping children, and making their community a stronger and more sustainable place to live, work, and raise a family. With these goals in mind, their vision of writing children’s books, illustrated by students, to educate future generations on issues of sustainability was born. Sasha and Rodney live in Phoenix with their two young daughters, Rose and Ruth.