In 2007, Regina became the first woman to represent Tucson’s Ward 1 on the Tucson City Council. While on the Council, Regina helped lift Tucson out of the Great Recession to its most prosperous decade in recent history, helping spur the creation of thousands of high-wage, long-term jobs. She has proven herself to be a champion for issues such as acting boldly on climate change, affordable housing, infrastructure investment, immigrant and workers rights’, and access to a high-quality education.
In November, 2019 Regina was elected Tucson Mayor, becoming the first woman and first Latina Mayor of Tucson, as well as the only Latina Mayor in the 50 largest U.S. cities. Regina is the proud mother of two bi-lingual, bi-cultural and bi-adorable children, Emiliano and Luciana, and has been married to Ruben Reyes for 15 years.
Elaine will also serve as Romero’s Economic Development Advisor and will work closely with other government agencies, businesses, community organizations, and key stakeholders to build a stronger and more resilient economy. Elaine attended Clemson University and received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona.
Nate has vast experience working with community stakeholders from a broad spectrum including environmental advocacy, unions, education, and immigrant rights groups and will be advising the Mayor-elect on a wide range of issues. Nate graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona with a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Law (PPEL).
She has a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Arizona and is pursuing a dual master’s in real estate development and Planning at the UA’s College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA).
Génesis Cubillas is the team’s Staff Assistant and will be focused on supporting office initiatives, identifying best practices to inform policies, and directly supporting all communications. Génesis graduated with a Bachelors in Spanish linguistics and a minor in Education from the University of Arizona and also has a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate.
A first generation college graduate, Cruz holds a Bachelor’s in marketing from Northern Arizona University and is currently part of the executive MBA program at the University of Arizona. She also holds a certificate in nonprofit management from Arizona State University.
Originally from Sonora, Mexico, Cruz is the daughter of immigrants and is passionate about human rights, women empowerment and education, and is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community.
Luna’s experience includes serving as the environmental and natural resource economist for the Sonoran Institute in the Water and Ecosystem Restoration (formerly known as the Colorado River Delta Program). Most recently, she led an initiative to establish a small-scale conservation fund that collaborates with water users to create a network of community-led or community-owned small-scale restoration projects in the Colorado River Delta.
Luna holds a bachelor’s in Environmental Economics and Policy from the University of California, Berkley and a master’s in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Arizona. She serves as a board member of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona.
Fátima is a mother of three and an advocate for social and environmental justice, especially for disenfranchised communities of color, LGBTQ+, women, children, and immigrants. In her free time, she enjoys weightlifting, gardening, and playing with her son Jarocho.