John F. Phelps

John PhelpsJohn Phelps currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the State Bar of Arizona.

Before returning to Arizona to take his position with the State Bar, John served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) in Washington, D.C. Prior to his service in Washington, John served as Chief Operating Officer of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross in Phoenix, Arizona. John also previously served as Deputy Director of the Arizona Office of Homeland Security in the Office of the Governor of Arizona.

The son of a career Army officer, John served nearly 25 years in the U.S. Army. He retired from active duty as a Colonel in the Judge Advocate General's Corps in 2003.

John graduated magna cum laude from St. John's University in Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in Government. He holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona College of Law, and Master of Laws degrees from the Judge Advocate General's School and the University of Virginia School of Law. John has been a member of the Arizona Bar since 1986.

Acknowledged by his peers as one of the outstanding Bar leaders in the nation, John was selected for the Fastcase 50 Class of 2013, honoring the law's smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders. Fastcase noted, "Arizona lawyers can certainly feel secure with him running point for them."