Creating a vibrant community

We share a passion for Southern Arizona. Our members are dedicated to helping our region thrive. They commit their time, experience, resources and energy to improve our economic climate and preserve our unique environment and culture.

About SALC

Central to SALC’s work is the belief that a successful community relies and builds upon all of its resources including civic leaders, government officials, engaged citizens and business leaders. Consequently, SALC seeks to collaborate with a wide range of community members to better focus the community’s abilities and resources to keep our region strong and enhance the quality of life for all Tucson residents.

This is more than the belief that a healthy community leads to a healthy economy. It is a willing and eager acceptance of shared responsibility for creating an economically vibrant region in which to live and work.

Advancing a world-class community.

Improve greater Tucson and the state of Arizona by bringing together resources and leadership to enhance the economic climate and quality of life in our communities.

Core Values
Collaboration, Fact-based, Impactful, Leadership, Trustworthiness

Partners for Progress
View the organizations we work with to further progress for our region.

SALC Board Chairs

2023 – Present
Rob Draper
O’Rielly Chevrolet

Julie Williams
Southwest Gas

2019 – 2021
David Cohen
BeachFleischman PC

2017 – 2018
Greg White
Raytheon Missile Systems

2015 – 2016
Lisa Lovallo
Cox Communications

Paul Bonavia
Tucson Electric Power

2011 – 2013
Mike Hammond
Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR

2009 – 2010
Bruce Beach
BeachFleischman PC

2007 – 2008
Peter Likins
University of Arizona

2005 – 2006
Steve Lynn
Tucson Electric Power

2003 – 2004
Rick Myers

2001 – 2002
Joe Coyle
Raytheon Missile Systems

1999 – 2000
Larry Aldrich
Tucson Newspapers, Inc.

1997 – 1998
Charles Bayless
Tucson Electric Power

Our History
On May 13, 1997, seven prominent Tucson business leaders came together to create the Southern Arizona Leadership Council.