Our Vision

All students in the state of Arizona have access to a high-quality, affordable education, from pre-school to high school, that will prepare them to graduate and successfully transition to a higher education program and career of their choice.

Our Mission

To advocate for all levels of education by sharing our voice, engaging our community and providing opportunities that help students prepare for a successful future.

Our Goals

We pursue our vision and mission by focusing on the following goals:

Sharing Our Voice

  • Advocate for sound and wise educational policies, practices, and legislation necessary to raise the State of Arizona, Pima County, and the City of Tucson to the highest possible levels of interest in, and support for, education;
  • Communicate ideas, programs, and innovative practices in ways that increase access to the very best concepts and programs, and ensure that school districts, community colleges, universities, and community organizations engaged in education are aware of the mission and work of each other and are striving to achieve the highest possible educational benefit; and
  • Equip students, families, educators, business and community leaders with information that will empower them to advocate for the educational welfare of the citizens of the City of Tucson and Pima County.

Engaging Our Community

  • Collaborate with the many agencies that support education, pre-school to post-secondary, by encouraging agencies to work together for the common purpose of enhancing the educational welfare of the citizens of the City of Tucson, Pima County, and the state of Arizona.
  • Engage youth and families in advocating for education.
  • Recognize individuals and groups within the community who demonstrate exemplary service to students and to education.

Preparing for Our Future

  • Promote graduation from high school as a first step toward an enriched future for students and a realistic sense of their place within the community.
  • Guide students through various pathways to higher education that allows them to contribute to a dynamic, highly skilled workforce.
  • Offer programs that prepare high school students to lead in their community and prepare for college and careers.

Appointed by the chair of Pima County Board of Supervisors

George Favela (Past Chair), Parent
Richard Elias, Member, Pima County Board of Supervisors
VACANT, Health Care Community
James Wiltbank, Religious Community
Paul Lovelis (Chair), Social Service Agencies Serving Children/Youth

Appointed by the Mayor and Tucson City Council

Monica Brinkerhoff (Secretary), Parent
James Cook (Treasurer), Parks/Recreation/Housing
Daniela Figueroa, Social Service Agencies Serving Children/Youth
Regina Romero, Member, Tucson City Council
Luis Manjarrez, Libraries/Museums/Arts

Community Representatives

David Doré, Representative / Pima Community College
Devon Scheitrum, Representative/Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Dustin Williams, Representative/Pima County Supt. of Schools
Jon Lansa, Representative/Educational Foundations
Jennifer Sprung Teacher, Grades 9-12 (AZ Education Association)
Daniela Gallagher, Representative/Business Community (Sun Corridor)
VACANT Representative/Business Community (Sun Corridor)
Patrick Robles, Youth Representative Youth Advisory Council/Tucson Teen Congress (YAC/TTC)
Javier Herrera Hispanic, Community Forum
Daisy Rodriguez Pitel, Ph.D. (Vice-Chair) Pan-Asian Community Forum
Rex Scott, (Appointments) Building Principal (AZ School Administrators)
Kasey Urquidez, Ed.D. Representative – University of Arizona
Buck Crouch, School Governing Board Member (AZ School Boards Association)
Steven Freeman, Disabled Community (MEC Appointee)
Melanie Donaldson, Teacher, Grades 5-9 (AZ Education Association)
Alexander Lewis, Tucson Indian Center
Kendra Davey, At-Large Commission Appointee (Pima Co. Library)
Rafael Meza, (At-Large Commission Appt.) Accredited Private Institutions Representative
Da’Mond Holt, Tucson Urban League
PENDING, Career& Technical Education (Pima County JTED)
Steve Holmes, School Superintendents Collaborative
Teri Laguna Teacher, Grades K-6 (AZ Education Association)
Patricia Wiedhopf, At-Large Commissioner
Arlene Benavidez, Executive Director, MEC

MEC 2019-2020 Meeting Schedule

All meetings will take place on WEDNESDAYS at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave., Lower Level Meeting Room,

starting at 4:00 p.m., except where indicated.


August 21st
September 18th
October 16th
November 20th
December 18th


January 15th
February 19th
March 18th
April 15th
May 20th

(520) 670-0055

1080 S 10th Ave,
Tucson, AZ 85701