Frank Valenzuela is a native Tucsonan. He was born to Luis and Mary Valenzuela who were natives of Silverbell Arizona and Altar Sonora respectively. He was one of 4 children. He is a graduate of Tucson High school and received an Associates Degree from Pima College in banking and later received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. After 42 years in the banking industry he retired from Wells Fargo Bank. In November of 2006 he began working with Community Investment Corporation as Executive Director where he presently works with similar non-profit organizations providing down-payment assistance programs to qualified borrowers and small business loans and heads up charter school disclosure monitoring program. From an early age, Frank believed in giving back to his community and volunteered his time to several organizations. Along with Sister Charlotte Swift, Frank founded Project Yes, a drop-out Prevention Program in South Tucson. Project Yes was awarded the Angel Charity Grant to build the youth Center there. Frank has served on the Board of Directors of El Rio Health Center for over 22 years. He has served as treasurers for the political campaigns of Congressman Raul Grijalva and Supervisor Richard Elias. In 1992, Frank was appointed to the Pima Country Industrial Development Authority by the then Pima County Supervisor Raul Grijalva and continues to serve in that capacity. As President of the Tucson International Mariachi Conference, Frank was instrumental in organizing numerous events for its 25th anniversary celebration. He presently serves on the Board of Directors of La Frontera Center. In his spare time, Frank is a board member of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Diocese of Tucson Catholic Cemetaries and chairs the University of Arizona, Cancer Disparities Institute. Eight years ago Frank married to Donna Whitman, also a long-time member of Tucson Mexico Sister Cities.
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