Community Foundation for Southern Arizona Announces New Trustees
TUCSON, Ariz., (July 5, 2017) – The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) is pleased to announce six new members to the Board of Trustees. The new additions include real estate developer Marcel Dabdoub; founder of Harrison Wealth Management Matthew Harrison; Professor of Educational Psychology and former Dean of Education at the University of Arizona Ronald Marx; General Counsel at Pima Medical Institute Mark Rubin; Head of the Department of Finance at the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona Richard Sias; and Assistant Attorney General of the Tohono O’odham Nation Virjinya R. A. Torrez. Jan Lesher, Deputy County Administrator for Pima County, will serve as Chair of the Board. Other incoming officers include Vice Chair Claudia Jasso-Stevens, Managing Partner for Jasso Development & Planning; Secretary Fred Chaffee, former Chair; and Treasurer Anne Roediger, Founding Partner at Roediger Hoff PLC.
“On behalf of CFSA, I am delighted to welcome the new members of the Board of Trustees into a great group of dedicated leaders,” said President and CEO Clint Mabie. “CFSA’s Board of Trustees oversees the Foundation’s growing community endowment and ensures that donors’ intentions are honored now and forever. We will benefit greatly from the addition of these six outstanding individuals with their diverse perspectives and abilities. Their dedication and commitment to the community will help us continue making Southern Arizona a better place for all.”
About the new Trustees:
Since 2008, Marcel Dabdoub has been a real estate developer, financial services entrepreneur, and business consultant. His real estate projects cover a wide range of industrial, commercial and residential developments. He is also part owner of a car financing business, a title and escrow company, and Nexus Private Capital.
Marcel earned his bachelor degree from Boston University with a double concentration in finance and international management. After working as a financial analyst for a few years after college, he went back to school to earn his JD and MBA. Marcel worked as an attorney for several years with a focus on real estate and commercial transactions before transitioning to business full-time.
Marcel is committed to his community. He serves as board chairman for the Casa Hogar Madre Conchita girls’ orphanage in Nogales, Mexico and the Madre Conchita Foundation (founder), and as a board member of Community Foundation for Southern Arizona Properties, the Pima County Real Estate Research Council, the Catholic Tuition Support Organization, and the Downtown Tucson Partnership.
Matthew Harrison is the founder of Harrison Wealth Management, a company helping individuals and families achieve their financial goals through prudent investment management and comprehensive financial planning. After graduating from The University of Arizona, Matthew began his career as a stock analyst at a hedge fund in San Diego. He later spent several years as a portfolio manager at The Northern Trust Company and M&I Wealth Management. During his time at both institutions, Matthew worked closely with many individuals, families, nonprofits, foundations, and pension plans ranging from the newly retired to the complex business owner. Most recently, he joined RMH Investment Management as co-Principal until 2016.
Matthew taught Applied Portfolio Management to graduate and undergraduate students at The University of Arizona where he remains a frequent guest lecturer. He is also active on the Investment Committee for the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, the Finance Committee for Archaeology Southwest, and is the former president of CFA Society Tucson. Matthew and his family are longtime Tucson residents and enjoy family participation in the community as well as supporting the lives of pediatric cancer patients, a cause close to them.
Ronald Marx (Ph.D., Stanford University) is Professor of Educational Psychology and former Dean of Education at the University of Arizona, where he holds the Paul L. Lindsey and Kathy J. Alexander Chair in Education. His previous appointments were at Simon Fraser University and the University of Michigan, where he served as the chair of the Educational Studies Program and the co-director of the Center for Highly Interactive Computing in Education (winner of a Computerworld-Smithsonian Laureate for innovation in educational technology) and the co-director of the Center for Learning Technologies in Urban Schools (winner of the Council of Great Cities’ Schools Urban Impact Award).
Marx has raised nearly $40M for research and development projects over his career, and has published over 120 scientific papers and articles. His interdisciplinary research focuses on enhancing science education and developing teacher professional development models. His recent work with psychologists, early childhood educators and public health researchers focuses on early education and school readiness.
Mark Rubin has been practicing law in Tucson for 35 years with a focus on business and real estate litigation, transactions, and counseling estate planning, probate, and fiduciary services legal malpractice, ethics, and state bar discipline and admissions proceedings. He is also a Licensed Fiduciary which allows him to serve as a guardian-conservator, personal representative (executor), or trustee. Mark currently serves as General Counsel for Pima Medical Institute.
Mark has served on and chaired the Steering Committee for B’nai Tzedek in Tucson (a Jewish teen philanthropy group) (2006 – 2011), and the Tocqueville Society of United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona (2005 – 2007). He is a founding partner of Social Venture Partners Tucson, a venture philanthropy partnership that funds and assists literacy and life skills providers. Mark still volunteers, when time permits, with charitable organizations on fund development and governance issues.
Dr. Richard Sias is the Tyler Family Chair in Finance and Head of the Department of Finance at the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. He holds an undergraduate degree in Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate from California State University, Sacramento and a Ph.D. in finance from The University of Texas. Prior to joining the Eller College, Dr. Sias served as the Gary P. Brinson Chair of Investment Management at Washington State University. He has also taught courses at Bond University in Australia and Cesar Ritz College in Switzerland. Dr. Sias has taught courses in investments, empirical methods, and corporate finance at both the graduate and undergraduate level. He has also garnered a number of teaching and research awards. In addition, Dr. Sias’ work has been the focus of a number of popular press outlets including articles in Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and the New York Times.
Dr. Sias’ research interests primarily focus on investments. He currently serves as an Associate Editor at the Review of Financial Studies and previously served on the Editorial Board of the Financial Analysts Journal. His work has been cited over 5,900 times.
Virjinya R. A. Torrez has been practicing law for ten years, and started her legal career as an associate at a small, general practice firm in Tucson, Arizona. In 2012, Virjinya joined the Tohono O’odham Nation as an Assistant Attorney General where she primarily represents the Nation’s Police, Corrections, Treasury, and Education Departments. She is a 2016 graduate of the State Bar of Arizona’s Bar Leadership Institute, serves on the Executive Council for the State Bar’s Indian Law Section, and serves on Arizona’s State, Tribal & Federal Court Forum.
Virjinya earned both her J.D. and her M.A. in American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona, and she earned her B.A. in Political Science (specializing in International Relations) and East Asian Studies at the University of Iowa, with certificates in International Business and American Indian and Native Studies.
Virjinya is a member of several legal organizations, and has volunteered in the community through Pima County Teen Court, Wills for Heroes, Lawyers for Literacy, Native Vote, the Native American Bar Association of Arizona, and her children’s schools. Virjinya is Cherokee/Seminole/Muscogee Creek, and is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
For complete bios and a full listing of our Board of Trustees, please visit cfsaz.org/about/trustees.