Supporting strategic initiatives

Public Policy & Engagement

The Public Policy & Engagement team is composed of SALC members and is led by a member of the board of directors. If it is determined that an issue is a shorter-term priority, we create action teams, each of which operates under the guidance of a task force and generally works a duration no longer than six months.

Co-Chairs

  • Omar Mireles
    Omar Mireles

    Omar Mireles

    PresidentHSL Properties, Inc.

    HSL Properties is a real estate investment firm with a focus on apartment investment, development and management. It’s the largest apartment-community owner and operator in Southern Arizona.

    Omar Mireles manages the company’s property portfolio, including acquisitions, dispositions, financing and development. HSL is answering the economic demand for more rental housing with the development of three new luxury energy-efficient apartment communities. Mireles believes that the social and economic vitality of our community depends on growth and diversification of the area’s employment base and to achieve this it’s essential to have a unified voice promoting Tucson.

    He’s on the board of directors of Arizona Multihousing Association, Salpointe Catholic High School and Tu Nidito Children and Family Services. He’s a member of Tucson Airport Authority and Tucson Conquistadores. HSL Properties is a real estate investment firm with a focus on apartment investment, development and management. It’s the largest apartment-community owner and operator in Southern Arizona. Omar Mireles manages the company’s property portfolio, including acquisitions, dispositions, financing and development. HSL is answering the economic demand for more rental housing with the development of three new luxury energy-efficient apartment communities. Mireles believes that the social and economic vitality of our community depends on growth and diversification of the area’s employment base and to achieve this it’s essential to have a unified voice promoting Tucson. He’s on the board of directors of Arizona Multihousing Association, Salpointe Catholic High School and Tu Nidito Children and Family Services. He’s a member of Tucson Airport Authority and Tucson Conquistadores.

    • Warren Rustand
      Warren Rustand

      Warren Rustand

      CEOTycon, Inc.

      The common thread that permeates Warren’s Rustand’s experience is one of vision, strategy, and executive leadership. He has created, led, and grown many successful private, public, and not for profit entities. He has a passion for family, entrepreneurship, public policy, and community.

      Warren serves as CEO of Tycon, Inc. Prior to this, he served as the CEO of Providence Service Corporation (NASDAQ; PSC) a $1.2 Billion social services and Logistics Management Company. Warren was Chairman and CEO of Rural Metro Corporation, a $600 million, publicly traded emergency services company. He also served as Chairman and CEO of TLC Vision, the world’s largest Lasik eye surgery company. He has served as Chairman/CEO of 6 other companies.

      He has served as a member of the Board of Directors for over 50 public, private, and not-for-profit organizations. The range of these organizations is from multibillion dollar public companies, to midsize, early stage, and startups. As CEO he has taken two companies public, one of which is the largest in its industry and the other is the second largest in its industry.

      In 1973 Warren was selected as a White House Fellow through a nationally competitive process. He served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Commerce and led the first ever Executive Level Trade Mission to the Soviet Union. He joined the staff of Vice President Ford on the day he was sworn-in. In August of 1974 when the Vice President became President, Warren was asked to serve as Appointments Secretary and Cabinet Secretary to the President.

      In furthering his interest in community service and public policy, Warren created a seminar in Washington DC., titled “Public Policy and the Private Sector.” Now celebrating its 28th year, it invites CEOs to meet with the highest level people in government, media, and lobbying. To date over 4000 individuals have participated in the Seminar.

      Warren has served as the International Chairman, of the World Presidents Organization, a group of 10,000 CEO’s in 100 countries. He has also served as International Chairman of L3, a global leadership group, which is focused on one’s contribution during the second half of life.

      Warren is the founder and Dean of Faculty at the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Leadership Academy in Washington DC. Warren is a frequent speaker on subjects of: leadership, business, families, and personal development.

      Warren received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Arizona. He has been the recipient of many honors and awards including: The Visionary Leadership Award, the Distinguished Citizen Award, the 25 Year Achievement Award, election to the Sports Hall of Fame, the Robshaw Award, and being named a White House Fellow.

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