About Us

Arizona ALFA

The Voice of Assisted Living

Arizona ALFA is a Phoenix-based nonprofit that provides education, information and advocacy for assisted living communities within Arizona.

ALFA has more than 300 members, of which seventy percent are members of Arizona ALFA assisted living centers and professional managed assisted living homes.

The organization answers regulatory questions and provides assistance, education and training that meets the state required training mandate, making it easier for its members to conduct business.

our history

Karen Barno is the President & CEO of Arizona ALFA. With 27years of experience, she has been at the forefront of this organization since its beginning, being one of the five founders.

As a nationally recognized expert in senior housing, Karen is not only well-versed in the industry but also media-trained. She can provide valuable insights on a range of topics, including available jobs, FAQs for aging parents, the benefits of senior housing communities, the senior housing real estate market, and the impact of COVID-19.

But Karen is just one part of our incredible team. Get to know the rest of our amazing team…

What we provide:

Engaging influential individuals to promote change in an innovative and evidence-based advocacy strategy. Arizona ALFA’s goal is to build strong relationships with elected officials to enhance and advance assisted living in Arizona.


As the state’s leading association in assisted living, Arizona ALFA is dedicated to supporting an industry that provides assisted living, independent living, continuing care, and memory care services for Arizona’s older adults. Developing Arizona’s Workforce is Arizona ALFA’s solution to bridging the information gap between current and future employees and industry professionals.

Arizona ALFA’s resource library includes reports, regulations, and laws that govern assisted living and videos on critical issues facing assisted living. Senior living supplier resources directory to help providers looking for products and services.