An entrepreneur and small business owner, Lea previously owned and operated a chain of gasoline stations & convenience stores in the Tucson region as well as a business brokerage firm.
Since 2009, Lea has served as President & CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
She previously served as the Executive Director for Greater Tucson Leadership (GTL) from 2005 to 2009. Since taking over as CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber, Lea has been instrumental in growing the chamber from representing roughly 300 small business to over 1800 currently. The Tucson Hispanic Chamber is now the largest Chamber of Commerce in Southern Arizona.
Lea’s accomplishments in helping Southern Arizona businesses led her to be appointed by Governor Doug Ducey to co-chair the Arizona Zanjeros, a business leadership group formed to promote economic development in the state. Lea also served on Governor-elect Doug Ducey’s Transition Team in 2014.
She currently chairs the board of St Mary’s Hospital and the Pima Association of Governments Economic Vitality Committee. She formerly served as the Chairwoman of the Southern Arizona Business Roundtable, the Past Chair of the Tucson Business Alliance, the Founder and Past Chair of the Pima County Small Business Commission, the Chairwoman of the University of Arizona Hispanic Advisory Council and is a Past President of the Tucson chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. She also currently serves on the boards of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Visit Tucson and the Pima County Workforce Investment Board, and serves on the national board for the Latino Coalition, an affiliate of the U.S Chamber of Commerce. She is an active member of the U.S Hispanic Chamber and the U.S. Chamber and has been selected to serve on the CCC100 as one of the top chambers in the country.
Lea has received dozens of awards and recognitions throughout her career. These include being recognized with a Top Latino Leader Award in 2017 at the National Latino Leadership Conference, by the National Football League with a 2015 Hispanic Heritage Award, by the University of Arizona Eller College with a 2014 Extraordinary Woman in Business award, by the University of Arizona Alumni Association with the 2012 Distinguished Citizen Award, by the 2008 Business Advocate of the Year by MED Week, a 2007 Woman of Influence by Inside Tucson Business, was recognized as a 40 under 40 recipient and honored with a University of Arizona Entrepreneurial Fellow award. In addition, she is a Flinn Brown Fellow and an Honorary Rotarian.
She received her undergraduate degrees in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona, and her Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.
Lea has resided in the 2nd Congressional District for over 40 years. Lea and her husband Dan live in Tucson with their two children.