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Q&A

Allyson Solomon / Executive Director of Metropolitan Pima Alliance

Q: Where were you born?

In sunny Redondo Beach, California

Q: How did you become interested in your career field?

I realized while in college, serving in the student government as

part of the Arizona Students Association, lobbying for student

rights, that I enjoyed working on public policy and interfacing

with governing boards and elected officials. I appreciated that my

efforts had a direct and positive impact on the students and their

ability to affordably attend one of Arizona’s state universities.

Q: What is the biggest challenge of your job?

As the Executive Director for a non-profit representing the land

use and development industry, whose goal is to foster collaboration

and bridge the gap between the public and private sector, my

biggest challenge is creating a forum for constructive and solution-

oriented dialogue. This is often very difficult because most

of the policy issues I work on are very public and people on both

sides of the issues have very strong feelings one way or another.

Q: What is the greatest reward of your job?

There are so many to choose from, but I would have to say seeing

the positive outcomes that the impact policy I have worked on has

created, such as the streetcar line and the Infill Incentive District,

both major drivers in the revitalization of downtown Tucson. I get

to see tangible results for my hard work and it is truly gratifying.

Q: Do you have any family members in Tucson?

Yes, my mom, dad and younger brother

Q: Where would you most like to vacation next — and why?

Portugal. I’m already planning a trip there with a girlfriend for

when we are able to safely travel again. Portugal has always been

on my list of places to travel because of the scenery, culture and,

of course, port wine!

Q: What was the last book you read, and what did you enjoy

the most about it?

The Guest List — it was a suspense novel, and the author seamlessly

wove in all of the character connections and kept you guessing

whom was the culprit.

Q: When you have the time, what is your favorite TV show to

binge watch?

I love to cook. It is my favorite hobby, so when I do watch TV, I

mostly watch food shows.

Q: What’s your favorite food indulgence?

Frost gelato. I could eat it for every single meal, every single day.

Q: In 20 words or less, describe your perfect day.

Big beach bash, with all of my friends and family there, and of

course all the gelato I could eat.

 

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