Lea Marquez Peterson
Lea Marquez Peterson is a lifelong conservative Republican and a passionate, active community leader with a proven record of delivering results in both the private and public sectors.
Since 2009, Lea has served as President & CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She previously served as the Executive Director for Greater Tucson Leadership (GTL) from 2005 to 2009.
An entrepreneur and small business owner, Lea previously owned and operated a chain of gasoline stations & convenience stores in the Tucson region.
Lea was appointed by Governor Doug Ducey to co-chair the Arizona Zanjeros, a business leadership group formed to promote economic development in the state. Lea also served on Governor-elect Doug Ducey’s Transition Team in 2014.
She currently chairs the board of St Mary’s Hospital and was past chair of the boards of the Pima Association of Governments Economic Vitality Committee and the Tucson Business Alliance. She also serves on the boards of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Visit Tucson, Arizona Town Hall and the Pima County Workforce Investment Board, and on the national board for the Latino Coalition, an affiliate of the U.S Chamber of Commerce.
Lea has received dozens of awards and recognitions throughout her career. These include being recognized by the National Football League with a 2015 Hispanic Heritage Award, by the University of Arizona Eller College with a 2014 Extraordinary Woman in Business award, by the University of Arizona Alumni Association with the 2012 Distinguished Citizen Award, by the 2008 Business Advocate of the Year by MED Week, a 2007 Woman of Influence by Inside Tucson Business, was recognized as a 40 under 40 recipient and honored with a University of Arizona Entrepreneurial Fellow award. In addition, she is a Flinn Brown Fellow and an Honorary Rotarian.
She received her undergraduate degrees in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona, and her Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.
Lea has resided in the 2nd Congressional District for over 40 years. Lea and her husband Dan live in Tucson with their two children.