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.
Chief of Staff - Elaine Becherer
Romero’s Chief of Staff is Elaine Becherer, Associate AIA and LEED AP. Elaine joins the team having worked with both private industry and government agencies. Elaine is leaving her role as Director of Special Projects for the Arizona Coyotes Hockey Club where she oversaw government relations and strategic community engagement for Southern Arizona. In this role, she also managed the Tucson Roadrunners foundation in addition to key capital improvement projects. Elaine previously worked for the City of Tucson as a Project Manager in the Architecture & Engineering Division and most recently as Assistant to the City Manager. In addition to managing and facilitating a wide range of projects throughout many City departments, she was also Rio Nuevo’s Project Manager for the TCC Arena renovations.
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.
Senior Policy Advisor - Nate Sigal
Nate Sigal is Romero’s Senior Policy Advisor. Nate is a Tucson Native and joins the team having successfully managed Mayor-elect Romero’s campaign for Tucson Mayor. Previously, Nate served as an aide and campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva and has assisted several candidates for political office at the local, state, and federal level.
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).
Planning and Built Environment Advisor - Nathalia Untiveros
The Planning and Built Environment Advisor is Nathalia Untiveros. Nathalia joins the team from Ward 1 where she managed constituent and neighborhood liaison services, intern staff, and the ward office newsletter and social media. Since 2017, she has worked on issues ranging from education to planning and community development, parks & recreation, bicycle / pedestrian mobility and complete streets.
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).
Executive Assistant / Community Liaison / Scheduler - Yesenia Lopez
Yesenia is a non-profit professional with over twelve years experience working in the field, specifically supporting higher educational attainment for students. Most recently she was the Community Liaison for Ward I Councilmember Romero. In that capacity she worked on community outreach to address constituent issues.
Yesenia attended the University of Phoenix, receiving a Masters in Business Administration and is fully bi-lingual. She will bring a passion for service and inclusion with strong leadership skills to the Mayor’s office.
Community Engagement Advisor - Génesis Cubillas
Born and raised in Tucson, Génesis has been involved in many community programs and is a proud graduate of the University of Arizona. Her previous work with Planned Parenthood under the Raiz program was primarily focused on bringing PP resources and education into the Latinx community here in Tucson. With this work she oversaw a group of 50+ volunteers doing various types of work around education, advocacy and campaign work in the 2018 midterms. In addition, she has experience working with Jobs with Justice standing in solidarity with unions and members in Tucson.
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.