Sex…Scandal…Insanity in the Federal government? Who knew?


This entertaining book takes a humorous look at the 29-year adventurous career of Denise Meridith, a Brooklyn native, who survive a stint as a member of Students for a Democratic Society at Cornell, then climbed through the Federal ranks from a beginning wildlife biologist in the Southwest desert to Deputy Director of the agency in Washington, DC.



More About Denise

During the past 18 years, Denise Meridith & DMCI have played a key role in Arizona in the following activities:


  • Community Outeach contract for Sky Harbor International Airport
  • Member of original Arizona Tourism & Sports Authority Board, which designed & built University of Phoenix Stadium
  • Former Member of the Phoenix Judicial Selection Committee
  • Leader in the 2001 and 2006 Phoenix Bond initiatives (Chair of Parks, Recreation and Libraries, Co-Chair of Human Services, respectively)
  • Worked with tribes and small businesses re: development of tourism opportunities
  • Directed focus groups for design of new Phoenix Convention Center and Symphony Hall
  • Initiated public meetings for the new multi-purpose stadium at various Maricopa County community colleges in Phoenix
  • Worked on campaign initiatives for Phoenix ballot measures on preserves, light rail, and the convention center
  • Long-time member of the Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau multi-cultural advisory committee which has been credited with bringing $100 million in cultural tourism to Phoenix through the years
  • Co-Chair of the National Association of Black Journalists’ 25th anniversary conference in 2000, which brought 2600 journalists from all over the country to Phoenix; estimated revenues to the city for the weekend were $4 million
  • Co-founded the Arizona Tourism Association in 1996 and established the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce in 1998, headquartered in Phoenix
  • Established the “Rediscover Our American Roots” tourism package in 1999 for use with visitors during conventions
  • Helped establish the BEST program with the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Hospitality Pipeline program with Cornell University (encouraging minority high school students to pursue careers in hospitality)
  • Involved in innumerable smaller tourism- and community-related projects, e.g., coordinated luncheons and activities with the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Desert Botanical Gardens, Phoenix Art Museum, etc; helped Phoenix Library stage the award-winning Game Face Exhibit in 2006; community events with Diamondbacks and Suns; introduced “First Tee” program to Phoenix; etc
  • Currently Agency Development Manager for Colonial Life in Phoenix

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