People in the News

People in the news 1.12.18

Carlos Chavez
Allan Mendelsberg

CARLOS CHAVEZ and ALLAN MENDELSBERG are among the 40 Under 40 honorees chosen by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Congress. Chavez is the mentor match specialist for the Arizona’s Children Association Thrive Mentor Program in Pima County and Southeastern Arizona. The program provides volunteer mentors for youth aging out of foster care. He is active with the Homeless Youth Subcommittee of the Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness, Youth on the Rise and Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association, and also captained the ACA’s inaugural El Tour de Tucson team this year. Mendelsberg is a real estate broker with Cushman & Wakefield/PICOR, specializing in mobile home parks in the Southwestern United States and apartment complexes in Tucson. He is active with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Special Olympics.

Tucson author GERMAINE SHAMES has collaborated with composer Paul Scherer to create “The Mountaintop,” a tribute for solo tenor and chorale, inspired by the killing of a counterprotestor in Charlottesville, North Carolina, in August, and the example of Martin Luther King Jr. In honor of the 50th anniversary of King’s death, they are offering the piece royalty-free to choirs and community chorales for performance through June 2018. See request the score, email

MARK ROBERT GORDON has filed to run for Arizona Secretary of State in the 2018 election. Born and raised in Phoenix, where he was active in the Jewish community, he earned degrees from Princeton University, Columbia University School of Law and Harvard University. Gordon has had two careers: in entertainment as an actor, producer, writer and director, and as a federal law election attorney with a national law office in Washington, D.C. He recently served as an elections specialist on the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office bipartisan transition team.