Alma Hernandez, MPH, the first Mexican American Jew to be elected to the Arizona state legislature, was included in Lilith magazine’s “7 Jewish Feminist Highlights of 2018.” She was previously featured on the cover of the magazine’s Fall 2018 issue. Hernandez will represent Legislative District 3, on Tucson’s west side. A native Tucsonan, Hernandez is a former Jewish Community Relations Council coordinator for the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Arizona. Hernandez is a co-founder of Tucson Jews for Justice.
Maya S. Horowitz joined the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona as project manager in December. Most recently, she was a marketing and digital communications specialist at Stanford University in California, where she also previously worked as a research assistant at the Center for Deliberative Democracy. She was a writer and editor for Talkdesk software in San Francisco, and a reporter at Connection Newspapers in Alexandria, Virginia, for two years. She also freelanced in the Bay Area as an editor, reporter and tutor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and a master of arts in communications with a specialty in journalism from Stanford. She arrived in Tucson in August with her husband, David Enard, an assistant professor in the ecology and evolutionary biology department at the University of Arizona.