"The Startup Tucson Team is enjoyable to work with, in addition to breaking new ground, creative, professional, and collaborative"
- Katina Koller, Mentor & Strategic Advisor
As CEO, Liz oversees the administration, programs and strategic plan of the Startup Tucson team and Board. Previously the COO of Startup Tucson, Liz has more than seven years of experience in non-profit organizational management and believes in building strong programs focused around the needs of Tucson businesses and entrepreneurs to ensure that the organization grows and delivers on its mission to help Tucson strive. Liz has helped to grow the TENWEST Festival as its Director and is very active in the Tucson creative and downtown community. Prior to joining Startup Tucson, Liz was the Supervising Research Attorney and Development Director at the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade where she designed and executed international trainings for business owners, lawyers, judged and government officials and has a record of successfully managing complex stakeholder, contract, and partner relationships in national and international contexts. Liz has a J.D. with a focus in international business and trade law from the College of Law at the University of Arizona and is currently serving the Advisory Committee of the Tucson Chapter of the Global Chamber, and the Downtown Tucson Partnership Board of Directors.
As Programs and Events Director, Dre oversees the design, planning and execution of Startup Tucson’s educational and discovery events and well as the Festival Director for TENWEST Festival. Dre brings to this position a diverse background in both public and private sectors as well as her own experiences as an entrepreneur and business owner. She is a trained prevention scientist who has applied experience in using evidence-based education in diverse settings including; addressing community violence on Chicago’s south side, improving outcomes for children in New York City Public Schools, and helping major national utilities engage customers in emerging tech-based energy efficiency practices. Throughout her various roles, her driving and central passion has been to support communities in tackling their most vexing challenges through innovative and research-based initiatives. Dre brings a wealth of creativity, a deep understanding of human behavior, and extensive experience crafting, measuring, and evaluating community-wide initiatives. Through her work, Dre has learned how to bring diverse stakeholders to the table for powerful and impactful collaborations. Finally back to her hometown of Tucson, Dre is delighted to encourage and support the vibrant entrepreneurial community with Startup Tucson. Dre has a Masters degree from the School of Social Administrations from the University of Chicago. Dre served on the Board of the Tucson Young Professionals.