#StartupScoop: Meet our Newest Staff and Board Members

Updated: Aug 29, 2019


Annnnndd we're back with another edition of the #StartupScoop, the best way to stay in the Startup Tucson loop! 

This week we are going to introduce you to the newest members of the Startup Tucson staff and board! We are so lucky to have found talented women with a drive to serve our ecosystem. We are so excited for you to get to know all about them, so without further ado the NEW faces of Startup Tucson...





Joann is the Senior Director of Venture Development for the University of Arizona’s Tech Launch Arizona (TLA), focused on the commercialization of UA IP through the development of startup companies. She has served as a startup founder, mentor, investor, and educator. She is passionate about regional ecosystem development and is a recipient of the Larry Hecker and Sherry Hoskinson Lasting Community Builder Award. She is an AUTM Board member and UA Academic Leadership Institute Fellow, and previously served as President of the Arizona Business Incubation Association. She returned home to Tucson in 2000 after living and working in Europe for over a decade and holds an MBA from Edinburgh University Scotland.


This is Channing's second summer with Startup Tucson, and we're excited to have her back! She is a Tucson-native who currently attends Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. In her role as Resident Evaluator, Channing is tackling the formidable task of creating rich data systems, resources, and tools to measure Startup Tucson's economic impact and outcomes.  When she's not in the office, she enjoys hiking with her dogs and reading.


Sam is new to Tucson from Richmond, Virginia! She is our Events and Programs Coordinator who supports the execution of numerous Startup Events including Startup Coffee, Startup Drinks, and TENWEST Festival. Sam is a jack-of-all-trades and manages digital communications, marketing, and data-collection. She is the smiling face you will encounter at registration desks and is an exceptional go-to problem solver for just about any questions you have.

XOXO,  The Startup Girls

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