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2020 Issues and Eggs Forum, March 2020

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Our Panel for the Forum included:

Panel Moderator Jan Lesher, Chief Deputy County Administrator at Pima County. Born and raised in Tucson, Jan has an impressive history of community involvement and was named Woman of the Year by the Metropolitan Tucson Chamber of Commerce. She served as Chief of Staff to former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano and then as Chief of Staff for Operations at the Department of Homeland Security under Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Herminia “Minnie” Frias, Councilwoman, Pascua Yaqui Tribal Council. Minnie has served on her Nation’s Tribal Council both as a Chairwoman and as a Council Member. In addition to her tenure in Tribal Government, she also ran the non-profit Native Images, Inc., serving as Executive Director, and has served as an International Advisory Council Member for Native Nations Institute, and a Bush Foundation Partnership Manager. Herminia carries a wealth of knowledge in the area of Native Nation Building and adds valuable experience as a leading Native woman in her community, navigating the many facets of indigenous governance. She holds a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Arizona.

Sadie Shaw is President of the Sugar Hill Neighborhood Association and serves on the LWVGT Diversity and Equity Committee. She has a BFA in Art and Visual Culture Education from the University of Arizona and is currently working toward a bachelor’s degree in Government and Public Administration. She is the Ward III Appointee for the City of Tucson’s Public Art and Community Design Committee. Her studio practice is a hybrid personal research that poetically elevates to a sociopolitical platform that questions racial identities, underlying cultural inequities, and the fundamental poignancy of inhabiting a body.

Emily Morel is a resident of South Tucson and a Senior at University High School where she is President of the Human Rights Club. She plans to become a lawyer in the area of Environmental or Immigration law. She is employed by El Rio Health as a RHAP youth leader helping to engage at-risk teens and young adults in their own health care. Emily has volunteered with Mi Familia Vota, traveled with Planned Parenthood to Detroit for the “Power of Pink” conference, was a Trees for Tucson mentor, community garden educator and is in an engaged social activist in her community. 


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