Regina Romero takes job at Center for Bio Diversity
City Councilwoman Regina Romero has a new day job. The West Side Democrat will supplement her part-time city paycheck as the director of Latino engagement for the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity.
Romero, in office since 2007, was announced as the first such employee for the environmental group Thursday.
“Regina has an incredible record of success building progressive partnerships to improve the lives of all Tucsonans, including Latinos who are such a vital part of this city,” said Kierán Suckling, the group's executive director.
Most members of Tucson's City Council are either retired or hold other employment. The salary for those elected officials is $24,000 per year as it has been since 1999. Under the charter, members of the Council are paid as part-time workers, although they consistently put in more than 40 hours weekly. In November, voters shot down 60-40 a measure that would've granted Council members a $288 monthly raise.
"If we are going to solve the most important environmental issues of our time, Latino voices have to be part of the conversation, and I'm excited to make sure that happens," Romero said in a press release from CBD. "Latinos care deeply about the environment, whether it’s local environmental justice in our communities or solving climate change or protecting the wildlands and wildlife that we all love."
According to the center, Romero will serve as a Spanish-language spokeswoman for the group, and "build partnerships with national, regional and local Latino groups and elected officials in the Southwest and Mexico to elevate biodiversity and the environment as priority issues."
The Center for Biological Diversity is known for its strategy of pressing lawsuits against the federal government to protect threatened and endangered species.