Ward 1 Staff

Steve Arnquist

Chief of Staff


Steve graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1998 and has lived in Tucson since 2002.  Steve has worked for a number of Arizona environmental, labor and civic participation organizations to secure a just, accessible and sustainable future for all of us.  Most recently, Steve was the Executive Director of the bi-partisan environmental advocacy organization, Arizona League of Conservation Voters, where he served from 2005-2013.  Steve works on environmental issues; including water, open space, and sustainability, arts & culture, bicycle and pedestrian issues & historic preservation.

Alvira “Vera” B. Gallego

Executive Assistant


Vera was born in San Manuel, Arizona and grew up in the mining town of Mammoth. She spent two years at the University of Arizona and in 2007 received a liberal arts associate degree at Pima Community College. Previously she taught pre-school, kindergarten and was Assistant Director for St. John the Evangelist Catholic School. Vera has a beautiful seventeen-year-old daughter, Marysol. She is active in the community as a volunteer coach for girl’s volleyball, basketball, and as a math tutor and board member at St. John’s. She has lived in Ward 1’s Westside for the past 16 years, and currently serves on the board of the Tucson Mountain Little League.

Nathalia Untiveros

Council Aide



Nathalia graduated from the University of Arizona earning a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. Along with being the newest hire at the Ward 1 Office, Nathalia was part of the team of organizers for Proposition 206, the Fair Wages and Paid Sick Leave initiative that passed in AZ last November. In addition to working with the Ward 1 Office, Nathalia is an event production assistant for a cultural commemoration party born in Tucson: El Tambó. Through community work, Nathalia fell in love with public service. She is excited to begin her career serving the constituents of Ward 1 and improving the communities in Tucson.

Lane Santacruz

Senior Council Aide


Coming soon.