Creating significant opportunities for aligning governance with the needs of the region

Governance

The Governance Focus Area engages governance issues both locally and statewide. Focus Area goals include efforts to correct structural deficiencies in governance as well as to support and prepare new leadership for elected office. The ultimate goal is efficient and effective governance for Southern Arizona and the State of Arizona.

Co-Chairs

  • Ted Hinderaker
    Ted Hinderaker

    Ted Hinderaker

    PartnerHinderaker, Rauh & Weisman

    Practice Areas: Complex Commercial Real Estate and Business Transactions; Real Property Acquisitions and Dispositions, with Emphasis on Large Muhi- Family Transactions; Entity Fonnation and Governance Documents; Real Estate Acquisition and Refinancing Loans, including Borrower’s Counsel Opinion Letters; Negotiation and Drafting of Commercial and Retail Leases; Loan Modifications and Restructurings; Private Placement Syndications (sold to accredited investors only); Mediation of Partnership Disputes
    Education:
    BA with high distinction, University of Arizona 1978
    JD with honors, University of Arizona 1981
    Phi Beta Kappa

    Memberships and Affiliations
    State Bar of Arizona
    Pima County Bar Association
    State Bar of California (inactive)
    Admitted Arizona Supreme Court and U.S. District Court
    University of Arizona Foundation Board of Trustees 2005-2011 (Executive Committee, Governance Committee Chair and Corporate Secretary)
    University of Arizona National Alumni Board of Directors (Executive Committee) 1996-2002
    Arizona Town Hall Participant
    Past President and Governance Board Member, Tucson Children’s Museum

    Ted is active in the Tucson community and a supporter of the University of Arizona, having served on the Board of Directors for the University of Arizona Foundation and National Alumni Association and as President of the Tucson Children’s Museum. He has presented at continuing legal education seminars, including presentations involving commercial loan modifications and note purchase transactions.

    • Si Schorr
      Si Schorr

      Si Schorr

      PartnerLewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

      Mr. Schorr is the senior partner in the Tucson office for the firm of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, practicing in the areas of real estate, corporate, and general business law. He has been involved in many major land use cases in Arizona.

      Professional Activities
      Mr. Schorr serves on the Tucson Airport Authority and the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Commission.

      He was chair of the State Board of Transportation and the first Chair of the Regional Transportation Authority. He served as a member of the Pima County Planning Commissions (1959-62), Tucson Assistant City Manager and Urban Renewal Director (1962-1963), and the Governor’s Economic Planning and Development and Advisory Board (1983-1985).

      He served and was co-chair of the Arizona State Bar CLE seminar on Land Use Regulation and Litigation (1977, 1986, 1989). He was also the chair of the University of Arizona Law School CLE Seminar on Ballot Box Law: The Initiative and Referendum in Land Use and Public Decision-Making (1991), and co-chair of the CLE International Seminar on Land Use Law: Development, Regulation, and Environmental Issues (1996).

      Community Activities
      Mr. Schorr serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council. He was chairman of the Governor’s Task Force of the Seriously Mentally Ill (1989-91), chair of the Tucson-Pima County Commission on Improved Government Management (1976) and a founding board member of Pima Community College (1966-67).

      Special Recognition
      Mr. Schorr is listed in the current editions of The Best Lawyers in America and Southwest Super Lawyers.

      Bar Affiliations
      Mr. Schorr is a member of the State Bar of Arizona and the Pima County Bar Association.

      Education
      Brooklyn Law School, LL.B., 1953.

      • Sarah Smallhouse
        Sarah Smallhouse

        Sarah Smallhouse

        PresidentThomas R. Brown Foundation

        Sarah Smallhouse is President of the Brown Foundations in Tucson. Their focus areas are STEM education, Economics education, Workforce Development and Civic Leadership. Significant grant recipients include the University of Arizona, Pima Community College, Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, Literacy Connects, the YWCA of Southern Arizona, and the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership in partnership with the Flinn Foundation.  University of Arizona grants include support for student scholarships, research, and community outreach programs such as professional development for K-12 teachers in math and economics, K-12 enrichment programs  such as the Cooper Center and the School Garden Program, and community forums on the political economy.

        Sarah is a Tucson native and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in Economics, her MBA from the University of Arizona, and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. She has served on the boards of several departments at the UA and the College of Science, TREO, C-Path,  and the Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center. She is a current member of the SALC board and co-chairs the governance committee. She is a past chair of the University of Arizona Foundation Board and co-chaired the Arizona Now capital campaign. She and her husband, David, have two children, Tom and Laura.

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