Hi, my name is Roxy Valenzuela, and I’m honored to work at Casa Maria Catholic Worker Community. I am dedicated to defending our great neighborhood from the injustices brought on by opportunists who take advantage of our vulnerabilities!

My family and I are first generation Americans. I was born in Tucson, AZ and lived in Nogales, Sonora until my parents received their residency in 1989. My parents brought my 3 siblings and me here to offer us a better life and more opportunities to be successful. For the past 30 years my family has lived in South Park Tucson and we are not leaving any time soon.

I am the proud mother of Chelsea, an 11 year-old ballerina and folklorico dancer who attends Dancing in the Streets and Roskruge Bilingual School.

For over 3 years I owned a small business in South Tucson (Glamour Hair Salon). Since 2009, I managed teams in the wellness industry; I'm energetic and highly motivated, and have a background in team building, management, personal development, marketing and sales. I’m currently pursuing my degree in Social Work.

My goal is to protect South Tucson from financial predators who try to exploit our vulnerable neighbors. It is my priority to make sure my daughter has the same or better, not less, resources to grow up in a good environment, just like I did.

I remember when our community was being helped by programs that would promote affordable housing, such as Habitat for Humanity. Now what you see are wealthy developers flipping houses and demanding overpriced rents. Most of our unprivileged neighbors live under the poverty level and they are the first to be displaced.

Together, we must work on bringing affordable housing back to our residents, demand more money for our schools, bring better paying jobs, and develop local businesses! If we keep rents and taxes low and demand our city to invest in our people, not the wealthy few, we will have a much better shot at having a higher quality of life in the neighborhood that belongs to US!

I want to get to know each and every one of you, my neighbors. Please reach out to me if you would like to share your story. Who knows, I might be able to help you!