Joesph (Joe) Larios was born and raised in South Phoenix. His mother organized the community to fight back against gangs and drugs that plagued their neighborhood. After Joseph graduated from Arizona State University, he worked at the Arizona AFL-CIO and co-founded the Worker Rights Center. He went on to help form Central Arizonans for a Sustainable Economy (CASE) that developed community programs and municipal policy around smart economic development that built coalitions to strengthen neighborhoods and put people first. Today, Joseph leads a nonprofit group, The Center for Neighborhood Leadership, which engages the community through a school safety and anti-bullying program for at-risk students, planting fruit trees for nutrition and learning at elementary schools, and community policing by creating new Block Watch groups to help residents in neighborhoods riddled with crime stand up and protect their families. He is currently serving as core faculty for the Agents of Community Transformation Fellowship after having been a fellow in the second cohort.