The Greater Phoenix Urban League is one of the 94 affiliates of the National Urban League. While there is still much to be done, the GPUL works on behalf of those in need and has touched thousands of lives around the City of Phoenix and surrounding areas.

75 Years of Excellence

The mission of the Greater Phoenix Urban League is to equip the disadvantaged with tools to achieve economic and social equality, using relevant programs in child development, college preparation, job readiness, housing, and small business support to meet the needs of the greater Phoenix community.

Since 1945, the Greater Phoenix Urban League has worked to help individuals who confront hardships improve their quality of life. The tradition of direct and targeted educational programs, home ownership assistance, and job readiness training has been a hallmark of the Greater Phoenix Urban League (GPUL) since its founding.

Our President & Board Chair

The Board of Directors is responsible for the general oversight, direction, and management of the Greater Phoenix Urban League organization.

George Dean
President & CEO

As the President and CEO, Mr. Dean has diligently and impressively brought a troubled affiliate back to community visibility, responsiveness to issues, and sound fiscal accountability. He has been a staff member on the Urban League for 25 years, using his leadership to focus on advocacy towards issues affecting the African-American and minority community on education, training, job placement, and economic development.

Board Chair

Jessica Raymond is the Chief Executive Officer and Owner of Celtic Property Management, LLC, a woman-owned small business specializing in the management of affordable and government-subsidized housing. Jessica earned her PhD in Social Policy from Trinity College Dublin, where her research focused on the collateral consequences of concentrated incarceration.  She has worked in the affordable housing field since 2010 and is a National Association of Homebuilders Housing Credit Certified Professional. 


It is the policy of the Greater Phoenix Urban League not to discriminate against individuals by reason of disability, and to provide reasonable accommodations.