The Surprise Economic Development Staff is committed to the constant pursuit of improving the quality of life and business in Surprise and the Greater Phoenix Area.
Jeanine JerkovicEconomic Development DirectorPhone: 623.222.3327Jeanine Jerkovic returned to the City of Surprise as the Economic Development Director in December 2014, previously serving as the City’s Economic Development Manager from 2006-2010. Prior to returning to the Surprise team, Jeanine worked as the Economic Development Manager for the City of Peoria, as Economic Development Administrator for the City of Glendale, and as a Trade Commissioner for the Canadian Consulate in Phoenix. Previous positions held in the economic development profession have included Vice President of International Programs at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and International Trade Coordinator for the Arizona Department of Commerce. A lifelong resident of the West Valley, Jeanine had the privilege of being among the first class of Arizona State University West Campus students to graduate from ASU’s Honors College. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and German language and has a Master’s degree in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics.
Julie NealEconomic Development CoordinatorPhone: 623.222.3322Julie Neal has a very diverse and engaging professional background from small business owner; to experience in the commercial property management and leasing industry; and currently serves as the manager of the City of Surprise incubator- the AZ TechCelerator.
In 2009, Julie moved to Surprise, Arizona and joined the Surprise Economic Development Department, first as a volunteer assisting with the launch of the AZ TechCelerator and then hired to manage the facility in April 2010.
Julie's experience as a small business owner herself, starting her first company in high school, allows her to be a great resource in assisting local entrepreneurs with the business start up process.
Julie has over 15 years of commercial property management and office leasing experience. She was the corporate sales and leasing manager for Janez Group in San Diego where she was in charge of the in-house office leasing. While in California she served on the Board of CREW San Diego, an association of commercial real estate professionals. Julie also has a California Real Estate License.
Julie has a degree in Graphic Design. She lives in Surprise with her husband and son.
Kelsey LamphierEconomic Development AnalystPhone: 623.222.3328Kelsey Lamphier is the Economic Development Analyst for the City of Surprise. Her key responsibilities include market data analytics, graphic design and marketing, and research for business attraction and retention efforts. The data and materials produced assist the team in creating compelling and engaging stories for clients and residents.
Prior to becoming the Economic Development Analyst, Kelsey began her Economic Development career in Surprise as an intern. During this internship, she also worked in restaurant management where she was able to experience first-hand business operations from budgeting and inventory to personnel management.
Kelsey graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and Development from Ball State University and her Masters of Public Administration with an Emphasis in Government and Policy from Grand Canyon University. She is an Arizona Economic Development Professional (AZED Pro) and actively working towards her CEcD certification.
Heather DonaldsonEconomic Development CoordinatorPhone: 623.222.3330Heather Donaldson is the Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Surprise. Her primary focus is to execute the City’s initiatives related to new retail business attraction and business retention and expansion strategies.
Heather began her career with the City of Surprise in 2011, during which time she gained significant experience across multiple departments including Community and Recreation Services, Community Development and Economic Development. Prior to joining the Economic Development Department, Heather was the Planning Project Coordinator in the Community Development Department where she served as a liaison between developers and the City when new or existing projects were submitted for development review and approval.
Heather has over ten years of private sector real estate law experience working within the title and homebuilding industries in addition to approximately ten years of public sector experience at both the Cities of Surprise and Glendale. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management.
Samantha PinkalEconomic Development Project ManagerPhone: 623.222.3323