Biz Ins – February 2019

Horowitz Joins JCFSA

Maya S. Horowitz joined the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, Tucson, as project manager in November. 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, VA, for two years. She also freelanced in the Bay Area as an editor, reporter and tutor.

Maya holds a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, and a master of arts in communications with a specialty in journalism from Stanford.

Maya 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.


New Western Regional Director for USHMM

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum announced the appointment of Marla Eglash Abraham as Western regional director for the nine-state region that includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

Marla was previously regional director of development at American Jewish Committee Los Angeles since 2013, leading all development initiatives in Los Angeles, as well as San Diego, Orange County, Santa Barbara, Phoenix and Denver. Her responsibilities included major gifts cultivation, solicitation and stewardship; qualification, cultivation and organizational engagement of high-capacity prospects; regional board and Board of Governor’s solicitations, direct mail, e-philanthropy strategies and honoree event-based development.

Marla is a published researcher, scholar and author in addition to facilitator and consultant for Central Conference of American Rabbis, Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, Jewish Federations of North America, and Hillel International, among many others.


Changes at Rose Law Group

Attorney Adam Trenk, director of Equine Law has been named partner at Rose Law Group, pc. As part of the announcement, Partner Kaine Fisher’s name has been added to the firm’s masthead.

Adam has been an attorney with Rose Law Group since 2010. He practices in the areas of public policy, zoning, aviation, equine and business law, and works as a strategist consulting across multiple industries on matters of government relations and corporate development.

During his career, he has helped draft the zoning ordinances relative to medical marijuana in several jurisdictions throughout the state. Adam established the largest equine law practice in the state of Arizona. He’s worked with clients from a variety of different industries to define and accomplish strategic objectives through changes to legislation, permit approvals, negotiations, and project management.
“Being invited into partnership at the Rose Law Group is perhaps the greatest honor I could receive,” says Adam. “It is intensely validating to know that my friends and mentors at Arizona’s most dynamic law firm hold me in the same professional esteem as I have had for them since the start of my career here eight years ago.”

Kaine Fisher, who was named partner in 2014 is now included on the firm’s masthead and serves as the director of Family Law at Rose Law Group pc.

“We have a special group of brilliant, talented and interesting people working here,” says Kaine. “I cherish being a part of this unique culture and am honored that Jordan and the other named partners felt it appropriate to include my name on the door with theirs.”

Kaine currently serves as a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Pro Tempore and volunteers his time providing pro bono legal services for lower income litigants as a part of the Maricopa County Superior Court – Family Law Assistance Program. Fisher has also co-authored the Amazon bestseller A Cup Of Coffee With 10 Of The Top Divorce Attorneys In The United States.


Tucson JCC appoints new director of member relations

Monica Rosenbaum is the new director of member relations at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. She has over 20 years of experience working for JCCs, holding roles from counselor to department director at JCCs in New York (Northern Westchester and Rockland) and Arizona (Scottsdale).

Monica was selected to participate in the sixth cohort of Merrin Fellows, a JCC Association fellowship program created to support young professionals and their work at their respective JCCs. She is the second of four children born and raised in Westchester County, New York. She and her siblings were awarded financial assistance to attend JCC day camp after the death of their father in 1989.

Her passion has been to give back and pay forward the JCC experience she was given. Monica will be joined in Tucson by her husband, Scott; daughters, Violet and Mia; and dog, Luigi.


Sam Fox signs as first restaurant tenant at Block 23

Block 23 is the highly anticipated mixed-use project in Downtown Phoenix. The development will include approximately 330 apartments by StreetLights Residential, 200,000 square feet of creative office space, restaurant and retail uses along with above- and below-grade parking.

In January, RED Development announced its first restaurant tenant, Blanco Tacos & Tequila, a Fox Restaurant Concept will open by the end of 2019.

Blanco Tacos & Tequila has current locations in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson, San Diego and Houston. This sixth location will expand Fox’s presence in Downtown Phoenix and complement The Arrogant Butcher, a Sam Fox restaurant, located directly across the street at CityScape Phoenix.

The modern, fresh Mexican restaurant has been a Valley favorite since it first debuted in 2007 and serves up a twist on Mexican food favorites with items such as chipotle shrimp, red chile chicken and grilled avocado tacos, Mahi fajitas, braised short rib “machaca” enchiladas and more. There is also an extensive cocktail and tequila menu to complement your meal.


Alma Hernandez begins her term as state representative

In January, Alma Hernandez, MPH, headed to the house floor along with her brother, Daniel Hernandez, as the first Mexican American Jew to be elected to the Arizona state legislature.

She was included in Lilith magazine’s “7 Jewish Feminist Highlights of 2018.” She was featured in the October 2018 issue of Arizona Jewish Life as “One to Watch.”

Alma will represent Legislative District 3, on Tucson’s west side. A native Tucsonan, she is a former Jewish Community Relations Council coordinator for the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona. Alma received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Arizona. She is also co-founder of Tucson Jews for Justice.





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