Dr. Maria R. Chavira has served the Diocese of Phoenix as the Chancellor since 2013. In her role as the Chancellor, she assists the bishop in the oversight of the official archives of the Diocese of Phoenix in accord with Canon Law. Dr. Chavira also assists in planning and is a key member of the administrative leadership staff of the bishop, giving counsel in various ecclesial, communication, and business matters. Dr. Chavira oversees the chancery staff at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Catholic Relief Services, the Propagation of the Faith, Consecrated Life, Prison Ministry and the Hispanic Mission Office.
Prior to her appointment as the Chancellor for the Diocese of Phoenix, Dr. Chavira was a full-time professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Mesa Community College. She was a pioneer in online learning at Mesa Community College earning her the 2005 Faculty Excellence Award and many other accolades. Dr. Chavira earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from The University of Arizona, and has taught at Mesa Community College, The University of Arizona, and in the Catalina Foothills District. Dr. Chavira has been involved in her community and is currently a Dame in The Sovereign Order of Malta, Equestrian Order of the Knights and Dames of the Holy Sepulchre and served as chairman of the board of the Catholic Community Foundation.