Rico Izaguirre serves as Executive Vice President of Public Affairs at Lincoln Strategy Group, where he joined in May of 2016, after spending over 12 years in the hospitality and gaming industry.
Rico’s roles and areas of expertise while at Wynn Resorts, LTD and Caesars Entertainment, Inc. included corporate community relations, employee development and engagement, crisis communications management, corporate environmental sustainability, PAC management and new domestic business development.
With his extensive background in corporate government relations, PAC management, labor relations, new jurisdiction development and corporate social responsibility, he skillfully built the largest political action committee (PAC) in the gaming industry while at Caesars, and launched the award-winning employee engagement and political education program Winning Together.
Rico is also active in local non-profit and civic engagement boards, serving as an inaugural board member on the newly launched Wynn Employee Foundation in 2015, during his tenure at Wynn Resorts, LTD in Las Vegas, NV. His expertise and interest in contributing to the scholarly future of public administration positioned him to serve as a co-developer and launch Grand Canyon University’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program in 2010.
Cumulatively, he has over 17 years of experience in federal and state campaigns in Arizona, New Mexico, Maryland, Nevada and Iowa along with corporate development and referendum management in Missouri, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York and Iowa. The genesis of his political career started as an aide to Vice President Al Gore in 2000.
Rico graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a Master of Public Administration and lives in Phoenix with his wife Jessica.