Jazz in January Board of Directors
Elliot Glicksman, President
Steve Pope, Vice President
Brandi Haga-Blackman, Secretary
Louis Salute, Treasurer
Mary Ellingsen, Volunteer Coordinator
Board of Directors
Elliot Glicksman is the Past President of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association and sits on the Advisory Board of the National Crime Victims Bar Association. In his 34 years practicing law in Tucson, Elliot has been certified by the Arizona State Bar as a specialist in personal injury by the Arizona Bar Association, and is listed in Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. He has also performed stand-up comedy opening for Jerry Seinfeld, Gilbert Gottfried and Phyllis Diller. He routinely takes Mayor Jonathan Rothschild’s money at poker. His greatest accomplishment is his marriage to wife, Lorraine, and being the father of Jill, Ben and Zach.
Steven K. Pope has a background including significant managerial, training and consulting experience. Pope is a veteran of the print and electronic media industries and has also done consulting and training in the internet and financial arenas. Immediately prior to his retirement at the end of 2016 Pope managed the activities of Tucson Local Media in the position of Publisher for the Explorer, Inside Tucson Business, The Foothills News, the Marana News, Tucson Weekly and the Desert Times. Earlier in his career, he has worked in senior management positions for Gannett, Knight Ridder, the Tucson Star, Swift Communications, Media News Group and Huckle Communications and Freedom communications with regional and national responsibilities including the COO position of Huckle Communications. Pope has also operated his own newspaper and internet consulting company. Pope believes in community service and has served in leadership positions on numerous Boards in every location he has lived. Pope has a special affinity for the arts and has served on the boards or advisory boards of the Paradise Center for the Arts, (MN), the Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, (CO), the Bravo Vail Valley Music Festival, Vail, (CO), the Houston (TX) Theatre Under the Stars, the Arizona Theatre Company, and the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance. Not for profit governance, marketing and capacity building are key knowledge areas for Pope and he currently serves on five not for profit boards and serves pro bono as the Vice President of Professional Development for the Southern Arizona Chapter of SCORE. Pope holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, San Bernardino, California in economics and a Master of Business Administration degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills with a concentration in marketing and finance.
Brandi Haga-Blackman has been working to make Downtown Tucson a better place for over fifteen years. Getting her start with the Tucson Downtown Alliance in 2004 as an Administrative Assistant, she began partnering with community members and key stakeholders to usher in the revitalization of Downtown Tucson. As the Director of Operations for the Downtown Tucson Partnership she put a special emphasis on Downtown events, running the Downtown Parade of Lights, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and providing support to cycling and marathon events. After more than ten years with the Downtown Tucson Partnership she moved into the role of Administrative Director of the Rio Nuevo District. She continues to work for the Downtown and Tucson community, providing leadership to community events, including the Arizona Bowl Game Downtown Block Party, Second Saturdays, Tucson Jazz Festival, Dia de San Juan and the Agave Heritage Festival. Brandi was honored to receive the Woman of Influence 2017 Rising Star Award.
She believes that Downtown belongs to everybody and hopes to create a space where all Tucsonans can gather, share discourse, and learn from one another.
Louis Salute’s service to and results for organizations has spanned from coast to coast. The impact realized through his involvement has transformed nonprofits at the financial, programmatic, and service delivery levels. Recently retired from a distinguished 37-year career with the Boy Scouts of America and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Lou continues to work with non-profits, professionally and as a volunteer to make the community a better place. Having raised annual, capital and endowment dollars from the community over his career gives Lou a unique perspective of not only fund raising, but friend raising. With a motto of “Good enough isn’t good enough,” Lou has always strived to be “The best of the best,” in all his endeavors with the organizations he guides. Challenges Lou has accepted and results he has attained include successful capital campaigns, retiring substantial organizational short and long-term debt while adding needed staff, establishing balanced operations and initiating an endowment program that secured more than $20-million in commitments in its first five years. Lou has also successfully taken operating funds to new heights. Lou serves on two non-profit boards in Tucson. He is currently Vice President of Endowment for the Catalina Council, Boy Scouts of America and Treasurer for Jazz in January. His love for Scouting and passion for jazz continue to motivate Lou’s involvement in the community. Lou is a graduate of Valparaiso University, with a degree in political communications and a minor in journalism.
Mary Ellingsen is a longtime jazz lover. She holds a B.A in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Temple University, a M.A in Linguistics from the U of A and National Certification by the American Speech Language Hearing Association. Mary has owned and managed Ellingsen & Associates, Inc since 1980, employing numerous professionals and support staff which provide speech and language therapy, social skills and occupational therapy to schools around the country. She is a member of the Tucson Jazz Society and has attended numerous Jazz festivals in the United States and Canada. Her daughter, Myra, and son-in-law, Joe, live in Phoenix. Mary is proud to be a board member of the Tucson Jazz Festival to help continue the successful jazz scene in Tucson.
Dan Gibson is the senior director of communications for Visit Tucson, primarily overseeing domestic, culinary and local media efforts. Previously, he was editor of the Tucson Weekly, a music journalist for Apple Music, Gawker and elsewhere, the manager of a bakery, a graphic designer for publications including California Tomato Grower and Mini-Storage Messenger, and a three-time game show contestant. He is co-founder of the intergenerational dance troupe, Beat on the Street.
Laura Liewen, CPA and Shareholder, Tax and Accounting at R&A CPAs in Tucson, has more than 20 years of experience in public accounting specializing in income tax return preparation, compliance, and research for individuals and businesses. Laura graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arizona, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, majoring in accounting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA), and the Tucson Tax Study Group, Inc. Her musical background includes five years as manager for rock group the Gin Blossoms. In 2019 she joined the Tucson Jazz Festival board. Laura also serves on the board of Homicide Survivors, a nonprofit victim assistance organization dedicated to meeting the crisis and long-term needs of families of murder victims. Laura enjoys spending her free time with her family, including her pets, and traveling the world.
Mayor Jonathan Rothschild came to City Hall promising accountability in government, increased emphasis on economic growth and help for those most in need. Since taking office, the mayor helped settle the long-standing Rio Nuevo dispute, opening a new era of downtown redevelopment. He codified and increased incentives for Tucson businesses. And, he led efforts to pass a $100 million road improvement bond, the first in the city for many years. Mayor Rothschild’s work in Mexico has been recognized in both Washington, DC and Mexico City. He is a leading advocate for developing infrastructure in Sonora and Arizona that will create an economic region where both states are prosperous and secure. Initiatives like the Mayor’s Reading Challenge, 10,000 Trees for Tucson and Tucson Moves a Million Miles are just a few examples of how Mayor Rothschild works to engage the community in creating a healthier Tucson. Mayor Rothschild is a native Tucsonan. Prior to becoming mayor, he had a 30-year career practicing law with the firm of Mesch, Clark & Rothschild.