Regina Romero's Bio


  • First Latina Elected to Tucson City Council (2007)
  • Born and raised in southern Arizona (Somerton, Arizona)
  • University of Arizona graduate, 2000, BA in Communication
  • Married to Ruben Reyes with one son, Emiliano and one daughter, Luciana
  • Pima County Youth Internship Coordinator, putting 450 kids to work each year (1996-2000)
  • Pima County Neighborhood Reinvestment Coordinator, working with 20 neighborhoods to provide $3.5 million in neighborhood improvements        (2000-2005)
  • Co-founder, César Chavez Holiday Coalition
  • Co-founder, Las Adelitas, an organization to mobilize Latinas and their families
  • Board of Directors, Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault

Since 2007, Regina Romero has proudly served Tucson residents on the City Council. She brings more than fifteen years experience in progressive public policy, job training and neighborhood reinvestment to the Council.

Romero has championed successful efforts to bring new jobs and economic development to Tucson, while working to improve the climate for existing small businesses. She led the City to bring back its economic development office and create a small business forum. She improved the Small Business Enterprise program, a plan that enhances opportunities for local vendors to do business with the City of Tucson. She pushed for changes to the land use code to promote green building and smart growth, and updated certificate of occupancy rules to make it easier to re-use older buildings.

Regina Romero’s Vision:

  • Make Tucson’s economy our No. 1 priority, by strengthening economic development partnerships with the University, Raytheon and the federal government to make sure science, technology, research and higher education is a top priority – to retain young talent in our city;
  • Make Tucson a more vibrant, beautiful city known for its culture, arts, natural environment AND high-wage jobs;
  • Invest in public safety, transportation and parks.  Improvements to parks, streets, and after-school programs like KIDCO are important for our quality of life as well as for economic development;
  • Improve policies to help local, small businesses - the backbone of Tucson’s economy.


  • LULAC/F.B.I. Community Service Award from the League of United Latin American Citizens / Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • Woman of Influence Award from Wings for Women (2014)
  • Given the 40 under 40 Award by the Arizona Daily Star for recognition as a young leader making an impact in the community with her professional and charitable work (2013)
  • Job Path Leadership Award from Job Path (2011)
  • Recognized as a Champion for Women and Children by Child and Family Resources (2010)
  • Recognized at Midvale Park Neighborhood Festival on October 22nd, 2011 for her service and dedication for the betterment of the Midvale Park Community. Councilor Romero was given the award by Midvale Park Neighborhood Association President Joe Miller.
  • Public Servant of the Year from the Tucson Mountains Association (2010)
  • Recognized by YWCA as one of 2008’s Women on the Move