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Board of Directors

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors that meets on a regular basis during the year. The Board sets Foundation policy and future direction and makes decisions on investments, projects, and donations. The current Marshall Foundation Board officers and members are Bruce Burke, President; Gabriela Corrales, Vice President; Jimena Valdés, Treasurer and Secretary; Fabian Cordova; Michael Hammond; Sean Stuchen; and Paola Mendivil.

President – Bruce Burke

Bruce Burke joined the board in 2011 and currently serves as the board’s President. He grew up in Phoenix and moved to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona. In 1971 he graduated with high distinction from the College of Agriculture upon earning a Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in Agricultural Economics and a minor with Honors in English Literature. In 1975 he received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arizona College of Law. Bruce then practiced law in Tucson as a civil trial attorney for 42 years, with an emphasis on representing plaintiffs in consumer class action litigation. He retired from active practice in 2017.

Bruce has a passion for community service. From 2003 to 2010 he served as an elected member of the Tucson Unified School District School Board and was board President in 2005. In 2019 he returned to the TUSD Board for one year, having been appointed to complete the term of a board member who retired early.

Bruce is a lifetime member of the UA Alumni Association and an enthusiastic supporter of the Wildcat Nation. Since 2010 he has served on the Honors College Advisory Board and is currently its Chair. He is a Fellow of the Law College Association, and an advisory board member on the Education College’s Education Policy Center.

Married to Melinda Burke, they have three adult daughters and six grandchildren. Bruce enjoys cycling and hiking, fly fishing, reading, and cheering on the Wildcats.

Vice President – Gabi Corrales

Gabi is a passionate advocate who joined the Marshall Foundation in July 2015. She currently serves as the Director of Philanthropy at the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project, where she leads nationwide fund development efforts, helps drive the organization’s impactful communications strategy, and is a member of the organization’s leadership team. Previously, Gabi successfully managed the Tucson Children’s Team, tirelessly representing detained and released unaccompanied immigrant children in Southern Arizona. In that role, she advocated for children before government agencies, elected officials, and the media. Gabi has been an active member of the Morris K Udall American Inn of Court and a board member for Los Abogados, Arizona’s Hispanic Bar Association. Currently, she is on the National Philanthropy Day Committee for Southern Arizona.

A 2016 graduate of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Gabi’s accomplishments include publishing an article on U.S. asylum law in the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal and receiving the Rose Davis Public Service Award, and the Outstanding Oral Argument Award in advanced legal writing. Before law school, Gabi had a significant impact as a member of the Teach for America Program, guiding and inspiring seven students to achieve regional and state science fair awards—an unprecedented accomplishment for her school. She also received recognition for her exemplary teaching. In addition to her J.D., Gabi holds a Master’s in Education and graduated with honors in Political Science from the University of Arizona.

Secretary/Treasurer – Jimena Valdes

Jimena joined the Marshall Foundation Board in January 2020, bringing with her a profound understanding of the challenges immigrants face in the United States—a perspective shaped by her own experience of immigrating at a young age. Her parents’ emphasis on the value of education deeply influenced her, fueling her commitment to uphold Louise Marshall’s legacy of aiding the less fortunate and advocating for quality education.

As the Senior Vice President of Member Experience at Vantage West Credit Union, Jimena leverages over two decades of experience in the financial sector. Her expertise underscores her dedication to financial literacy and education as key factors in community empowerment. A proud alumna, Jimena graduated from the University of Arizona in 2001. Her role on the board reflects her passion for extending educational opportunities and fostering a supportive environment for community growth.

Member – Sean Stuchen

Sean Stuchen graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Economics. He joined Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in 2008. Prior to Merrill, Sean was with Smith Barney for seven years. Sean is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificate, a designation awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. In addition, Sean holds the Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor designation and is a Retirement Benefits Consultant for Merrill. This designation is only awarded to a limited number of firm-wide Advisors who have completed a rigorous assessment process and training program. He has been advising affluent families, business owners and non-profit organizations for nearly twenty years. Sean’s focus with his clients is on developing and implementing strategic plans that address the complex needs of high net worth families and business owners.

Sean has played an active role in the community serving on a number of non-profit boards. He currently sits on the board of the Marshall Foundation and he is Past President of the El Rio Foundation. Sean also served on the board of The Tucson Fire Foundation, Immanuel Campus of Care, the Jewish Community Center, AZ Hillel Foundation and B’nai B’rith Covenant House.

Sean has lived in Southern Arizona for more than 40 years and is married to his wife Rebecca. He has a great passion for photography and enjoys hiking, international travel, and camping with Rebecca.

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP® in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.

Member – Mike Hammond

Michael Hammond moved to Tucson in 1976 and has been in commercial real estate since 1978.  In 1985, he founded PICOR Commercial Real Estate Service and, today, Cushman & Wakefield|PICOR is Southern Arizona’s leading independent commercial real estate brokerage and management firm.  In 2002, with his background in industrial real estate and interest in regional economic development, he began focusing on the border region and, more specifically, the State of Sonora, Mexico.  Cushman & Wakefield|PICOR subsequently incorporated in Mexico and has successfully expanded their services into Southern Arizona and Sonora.  He believes very strongly in giving back to the community and has been intimately involved in numerous charitable and civic organizations throughout the years.  Hammond received “Tucson Man of the Year” honors from Greater Tucson Leadership in 2013.

Member – Fabian Cordova

Fabian has over 26 years of experience providing leadership in all facets of internal operations, including Finance and Accounting, IT and System Integration, Human Resources, Contract and Risk Management, and Business and Partnership Development.  His experience includes working with Fortune 500 companies, where he traveled throughout the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Western and Eastern Europe, and Asia performing complex financial audits and leading ERP implementation teams.  He also has had the privilege of serving in leadership roles in local public accounting firms where his work entailed managing client relationships, specifically working to meet their audit, tax planning and financial statement preparation needs.  Fabian also served as the COO & CFO of the University of Arizona Alumni Association, led the financial and internal operations of Clinical Outcomes Solutions (an international pharma-consulting firm), and is now serving as CFO of FreeFall Aerospace (an early-stage aerospace company.)

Fabian graduated from the University of Arizona (U of A) in 1994 with a degree in Accounting and Finance and received an MBA in 2009 also from the U of A.  He holds a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and of the Arizona Society of CPAs.

Fabian is also committed to supporting his community and philanthropic efforts by serving in leadership roles of local groups and was recognized for these efforts by being awarded a Tucson 40 Under 40 Award in 2011. His current involvement includes serving as the Supervisory Committee Chairman of the Hughes Federal Credit Union Board of Directors, Chair of the Amphitheater School District Foundation and as Treasurer of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Oro Valley.

Member – Paola Mendivil

Paola Mendivil joined the board in September 2023 as the student representative on behalf of the University of Arizona student body. Paola is a Tucson native, majoring in Finance at the Eller College of Management with a minor in Pre-Law, and an incoming Wall Street risk analyst intern with JP Morgan Chase where she will take her skill set to New York City.

Paola is a first-generation student and product of the Sunnyside Unified School District. She understands the struggle of being a student while realizing the ultimate privilege of being able to pursue higher education. While serving on the board she hopes to uplift people from underserved communities and open opportunities for the next generation of university students.

A well-rounded Arizona Wildcat; Paola serves as the student government elections commissioner, an active member of the Delta Sigma Pi Business Professional fraternity, the Vice President of Finance for her sorority Alpha Chi Omega. All while holding a part-time student employee position in the Accounts Payable Department. In her free time, Paola likes to travel and hang out with friends and family.

 Marshall Foundation Grant Review Committee Community Members

These individuals were selected from the community to serve on the Foundation’s Grant Selection Committee:

Jonathan Rios is Tohono O’odham and Dine (Navajo), and an enrolled member of the Tohono O’odham Nation. He received his B.A. in Communications from the University of Arizona in 2008. Jon currently serves as the Senior Program Manager for Nation’s Education Department – One Stop Division, focusing on workforce development while providing access to college and training programs to members of the Tohono O’odham Nation. His volunteer work includes serving as President of the UA American Indian Alumni Executive Board. Jon is a member of the 2021 Class of 40 Under 40, a group of individuals recognized as movers and shakers within the Tucson community.

Carolina Silva is the Executive Director of ScholarshipsA-Z, which is  dedicated to meeting the educational needs of immigrant youth and their families. Her work is situated at the intersection of education, immigration, and equity.  Prior to joining ScholarshipsA-Z, Carolina was a Congressional Fellow with the Education and Labor Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2014 she received a B.S. in Psychology and a B.F.A. in Theater (with Honors) from Westminster College. Thereafter in 2019 she received her PhD in Education Cultural Studies and Social Thought at Washington State University. Carolina is dedicated to building the power of immigrant youth in the non-profit sector.

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Job Posting: Marshall Foundation Executive Director

The Marshall Foundation board is delighted to announce that we have launched a search for our first Executive Director. The board has recently revamped the Foundation’s operating structure, creating this new position. 
 
The Marshall Foundation has been serving the wider Tucson community and the University of Arizona through grantmaking since 1930. It was the first private foundation in Arizona. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who has the experience we need, a passion for making a difference in our community, and a vision for leading our Foundation into the future.
 
We will begin reviewing applications on April 3, 2024 so please share this opportunity ASAP with your network.

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