Alison Goldwater Ross

Founder and Executive Director

Alison Goldwater Ross is Founder and Executive Director of the Barry & Peggy Goldwater Foundation which mission is to “Preserve History for Future Generations”. Under her leadership the Foundation working quickly to digitize and restore the thousands of negatives, slides and motion picture film at risk of deterioration. She is among the third generation of family members to descend from grandparents; Senator Barry and Peggy Goldwater.

Alison began her career in NYC as an assistant designer at Kleinberg Sherrill, a design house specializing in luxury accessories. She then went on to form the Goldwater Group, a public relations firm representing clients such as the Rainforest Alliance, with which she helped organize benefit concerts at Madison Square Garden headlining the Grateful Dead, and worked as a part time segment producer for the on-air segments for the ABC series, "LIVE! with Regis and Kathie Lee."

Upon moving back to Arizona, she worked with Experience Scottsdale, traveling internationally to promote Scottsdale as an attractive travel destination and enhancing its public image as a dynamic place to live and work. She served as the first exclusive marketing event director and public relations executive for Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction, originating the sponsorship, marketing and media outreach that catapulted Barrett-Jackson into an international automotive and lifestyle event.

In 2006, Alison began showcasing a small collection of her grandfather’s photographs in various museums in the southeastern U.S., including the LaGrange Art Museum, Booth Western Art Museum (in a showcase with Ansel Adams), and Huntsville Museum of Art. Understanding that all film inevitably deteriorates with age through exposure to moisture and heat she focused on her grandfather’s collection. In 2017, Alison formed the Barry & Peggy Goldwater Foundation with the blessing of the family and her uncle Michael Goldwater, the family historian since the senator died in 1998 at the age of 89. “I practically had an anxiety attack just thinking about what was happening to the images. They had been sitting around for so long,” she said.

Alison is married to attorney Robert Arkin, Foundation council, and divides her time between her two homes, Atlanta and Scottsdale where the Goldwater Gallery and headquarters of the Foundation. Robert and Alison have five girls ranging from 19-36 years old.