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Board Members

Brenda Even, Ph.D.


District 1:  Brenda B. Even, Ph.D.

Dr. Even holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/Speech from the University of Illinois; a Master of Arts in English from Indiana University; a Master of Arts in Education in Counseling and Guidance and a Doctor of Philosophy in Secondary Education, Counseling and Guidance, from the University of Arizona.

Dr. Even has served on the Board of the Tucson Unified School District, and is active in numerous community and professional organizations that promote education and children's health issues. She has served on the Arizona Town Hall Board, and represented southern Arizona at three Town Hall meetings. Currently Dr. Even represents state community colleges on the Arizona Board of Regents' Joint Conference Committee, which oversees improvements in the transfer system for students in Arizona.

Appointed Jan. 8, 2001 to serve 2001-2002
Elected in Nov. 2002 for the term 2003 - 2008
Elected in Nov. 2008 for the term 2009 – 2014

David A. Longoria


District 2:  David A. Longoria

Mr. Longoria has worked as a public servant in local government for Pima County since 2002, collaborating with various community leaders and neighborhoods in many areas of greatest need throughout the region on numerous grassroots, community-building, organizing, and improvement efforts. He has served as Vice Chair for the Regional Transportation Authority’s Citizens Accountability for Regional Transportation Committee representing the City of South Tucson since 2006, sits on the Board of Directors of the Primavera Foundation, and is the current President of Amigos de Pima.

Mr. Longoria has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Arizona, graduating with honors; and a Master of Public Administration degree in Local Government and Non-Profit Management from the University of Arizona School of Government & Public Policy. He is a member of the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration (pi alpha alpha); a co-founder of the Tucson Empowerment Group, a local neighborhood advocacy agency; and has been acknowledged for his work as an emerging leader by his peers and various agencies, including a 40 Under 40 recognition from the Arizona Daily Star in 2009.

Appointed in Feb. 2010 to serve 2010
Elected in Nov. 2010 for the term 2011 – 2016

Sylvia Lee


District 3:  Sylvia M. Lee, Ph.D.

Dr. Lee retired with 30 years of experience in community colleges and universities in Arizona and Minnesota. Most recently she served as president of Pima Community College's Community and Northwest campuses. She is proud to be a graduate of PCC and to have had the opportunity to work on every campus. Dr. Lee serves on numerous boards, including Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona, Literacy Connects, DM-50 and The University of Arizona President's Asian Pacific American Community Advisory Council.  

Dr. Lee received an associate degree from Pima Community College, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The University of Arizona and a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Arizona State University.

Elected in Nov. 2012 for the term 2013 - 2018

Scott Stewart


District 4:  Scott A. Stewart

Mr. Stewart is an optical engineer with over 30 years of experience in diverse areas of in testing, data analysis, and front line management.  Mr. Stewart holds a Bachelor of Science in Astronomy, a Bachelor of Science in Physics, a Bachelor of Arts in Russian, and a Master of Science in Optical Sciences, all from the University of Arizona.

Mr. Stewart continues in leadership roles in civic activities and maintains proficiency in technical Russian.

Elected in Nov. 1998 for the term 1999- 2004
Elected in Nov. 2004 for the term 2005 - 2010
Elected in Nov. 2010 for the term 2011 – 2016

Marty Cortez


District 5:  E. Marty Cortez

A long-time educator and Hispanic leader, Ms. Cortez retired from Northern Arizona University as senior advisor for statewide academic programs. Ms. Cortez was the first female Hispanic school principal in both Nogales and Amphitheater (Tucson) school districts. She serves on the board of the University of Arizona Hispanic Alumni Association, in addition to boards of numerous other civic organizations. Among her honors, Ms. Cortez was named Woman of the Year in 1999 by the Hispanic Professional Action Committee and received a Woman on the Move award from the YWCA.

Ms. Cortez holds a Bachelor of Arts in  Elementary Education, a Master of Arts in Elementary Education, and a Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance, all from the University of Arizona.

Elected in Nov. 1994 for the term 1995 - 2000
Elected in Nov. 2000 for the term 2001 - 2006
Elected in Nov. 2006 for the term 2007 - 2012
Elected in Nov. 2012 for the term 2013 - 2018