Name: Juan Ciscomani
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Senior Program Development Specialist, University of Arizona
Internship 2003: Office of Congressman Ed Pastor
Fellowship 2005-2006: Office of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez
1. What have you been doing since you finished the CHCI program(s)?
After the completion of my CHCI Public Policy Fellowship, I moved back to Tucson, AZ and accepted a position at the University of Arizona as Senior Program Development Specialist. I oversee the Credit-Wise Cats program which delivers personal finance workshops at the university campus and the greater Tucson community. Laura, who I met during the CHCI Fellowship, and I celebrated our wedding on June 30, 2007. We are now expecting our first baby girl Zoë, who is due on Election Day!
2. What impact did your CHCI experience have on your career and development as a leader?
CHCI had a major impact on my career and development as a leader. Through both the internship and fellowship I experienced first-hand the policy making process, which increased my confidence of entering the government arena. The weekly Friday trainings were also beneficial due to their relevance and ability to prepare us for future challenges.
3. How have you stayed engaged in community service?
Giving back to the community that helped me grow is one of my priorities. I helped institute the Pima Community College Alumni Association and currently hold a position on the new Alumni Board. I served for 1 year on the Pima Community College Foundation Board of Directors. I am part of the Hispanic Professional Action Committee, Southern Arizona Hispanic Leadership Council and the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting.
4. What advice would you give current and future CHCI participants?
Take advantage of every opportunity presented to you. You have earned where you are, but always keep in mind that it took someone else’s sacrifice to help you reach the level of success you are now enjoying. The CHCI fellowship is a platform for your career. Meet as many people as possible, attend as many receptions as you can, all while keeping a servant heart and staying focused on your goals.
5. Where do you see yourself in the next 5-10 years?
I have recently announced my candidacy for the Arizona House of Representatives Legislative District 29. I am eager to put into practice all I learned during my CHCI experience. The November election will determine much of what my near future will look like. As of now, I plan to enjoy starting a family, serving the people of Arizona as their state legislator and continue to be involved in community organizations.