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Supporting Strategic Initiatives

Public Policy & Engagement

The Public Policy & Engagement committee monitors emerging issues related to the economic environment and quality of life in Southern Arizona and the State. The committee develops the legislative agenda for SALC with recommendations for action on pending legislation, initiatives, and referendums for Board consideration and coordinates SALC’s response.

Co-Chairs

Omar Mireles

Warren Rustand

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Meredith Hay

Founder & President

ProNeurogen, Inc.

Meredith Hay, Ph.D. is the former Executive Vice President and Provost of The University of Arizona. Dr. Hay, as second in command, served as the University of Arizona’s chief operating officer with responsibilities for the entire $1.8B university budget including the Arizona Health Sciences Center. Currently, Dr. Hay leads an active cardiovascular and brain research laboratory at the University of Arizona College Of Medicine were she is a tenured Full Professor. For the past 30 years, her NIH funded laboratory has studied the effects of ovarian hormone replacement on blood pressure regulation. Her and her research team were first to discover that estrogen acts on brain cells to modulate blood pressure.

Dr. Hay is President and founder of a new Tucson biotechnology company, ProNeurogen, Inc. ProNeurogen is a preclinical and clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel peptide based therapeutics to treat dementia caused by heart disease.

Dr. Hay is actively involved in the Tucson community and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the YWCA, the Working Board for the National Institute for Civil Discourse, The Beacon Group, The January 8th Foundation, San Miguel High School of Tucson Board of Trustees and Sinfonia, Healthcare Corp., LLC. She has also served as an active member on the Arizona Bioscience Advisory Group, the Advisory Board for the Phoenix Biomedical Campus and in 2010 was named among Arizona’s Top Women Executives. Prior to coming to Arizona, Dr. Hay served as Vice President for Research at the University of Iowa.   Dr. Hay, a Texas native, earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver, her M.S. in neurobiology from the University Texas at San Antonio, and her Ph.D. in cardiovascular pharmacology from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio.

Steve Lynn

Chief Strategy Officer

NuPOINT Marketing

Steve serves as Chief Strategy Officer for NuPOINT Marketing.  Prior to this, Steve was Vice President and Chief Customer Officer at both UNS Energy Corporation and Tucson Electric Power Company. In that capacity, he was responsible for positioning both UNS Energy and TEP with regulators, customers and the greater community. He was responsible for customer service, corporate communications, consumer relations, community affairs and government relations for both UNS Energy and TEP. Steve joined UNS Energy and TEP in 2000.

From February to August, 2005, Steve also served as the Interim President and CEO of Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc. (TREO). This regional economic development organization is a joint venture of city/county governments and the business community in eastern Pima County.

Prior to joining UNS Energy and TEP, he spent sixteen years as CEO and owner-partner at Nordensson Lynn & Associates, Inc., one of Arizona’s leading marketing communications firms based in Tucson. In 1994, Steve was named Tucson’s Advertising Professional of the Year by the Tucson Advertising Federation.

Steve is a graduate of The University of Arizona and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Communications. In 2007, he was presented with the “Distinguished Citizen” Award by The University of Arizona Alumni Association and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. And in 2009, Steve received a Doctor of Letters degree (Honoris Causa) from The UofA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Education.

Active in the community, Steve serves as Chairman of The University of Arizona Health Network, Chairman of The UofA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Advisory, Board, Past Chairman of Arizona’s First Independent Redistricting Commission (2001-2011), Past-Chairman of the Downtown Tucson Partnership, Past-Chairman, and current board member, of the Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board (First Things First), and Past-Chairman of Southern Arizona Leadership Council Board of Directors. He was honored as Tucson’s 2007 “Man of the Year” by the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and was named the 2008 Arizona Capitol Times’ Leader of the Year in Volunteerism.

His many other civic activities, both past and present, include board memberships on the Arizona Hospital and Health Care Service Corporation, Downtown Development Corporation, University Physicians Healthcare, and the Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc. He is also a member of the DM – 50 support group, and was a founding board member of the Science Foundation Arizona.

Steve and his wife, Nancy (a retired high school guidance counselor), have been married since 1969 and have two adult daughters. One is a paramedic pre-hospital specialist at Northwest Hospital in Tucson, and the other is the Talent Supervisor on the popular syndicated television shows, ‘Dr. Phil’ with psychologist Phil McGraw, and ‘The Doctors’. He has lived in Tucson since 1964.

Steve’s more than forty years of experience, as well as his many recognized accomplishments, make him an exceptional consultant in the areas of:

– Strategic Planning

– Marketing Planning

– Customer Relations

– Marketing Communications

– Interpersonal Communications

– Crisis Communications

– Product Development

– Focus Group Facilitation

– Executive Coaching

– Public Affairs Issues

– Government Relations

– Health Care Planning and Marketing