2013 Ray Davies Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

U.S. Representative Ron Barber

U.S. Representative Ron Barber

Ron Barber was born in England and grew up in a military family. He came to Tucson when his father was stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Ron attended Tucson schools and graduated from the University of Arizona.

While still in high school, Ron met Nancy, the woman who would become his wife. They raised their daughters, Jenny and Crissi, in Tucson and are the proud grandparents of Kieran, Tillie, Ailsa, Elliot and Emelia.

In 1976, he began a 30-year career with the Division of Developmental Disabilities in the Arizona Department of Economic Security, eventually serving as its director. Ron gained a reputation for being a champion for parents of children with disabilities. In 1983, Ron became the first “board chair” of the Educational Enrichment Fund, signing the Articles of Incorporation. Ron’s commitment to public education, and seeing to the needs of TUSD’s children, inspired donors, community volunteers and board members to help grow EEF into an organization that is called upon, on an ongoing basis, to help students to achieve.

In 2007, Barber was appointed Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford’s’ district director. Ron and his family’s response to events on January 8, 2011 resulted in the establishment of The Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding. This came as no surprise to friends who have grown to know Ron’s personal commitment to provide the Tucson community with resources that are both educational and inspirational.

In January 2012, U.S. Congresswoman Giffords asked Ron to run in a special election to replace her, an office to which he has been elected twice.

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Citi Tucson

Citi is committed to accessible and sustainable financial products. Citi’s community outreach efforts support the economic empowerment and financial inclusion of low- to moderate-income families in communities where Citi operates. To accomplish this goal, Citi has worked collaboratively with a range of local partners to implement innovative programs that strive to improve its communities.

Since opening its Tucson operation in 2004, Citi has pursued a “more than philanthropy” approach to its community work. To date, Citi employees have volunteered more than 100,000 hours in Southern Arizona. In addition to Citi’s business donations and foundation investments, Citi employees have raised more than $1.5 million in employee-led, employee-driven campaigns to benefit Tucson families.

Through the leadership of Randy McDonald, Citi’s Tucson Site President, Citi employees embrace the needs of Tucson’s children by collecting more than 10,000 back-to-school items annually for EEF to distribute to students across the Tucson Unified School District. Citi employees sponsor EEF’s popular Shoe Shopping Days, providing schoolchildren shopping trips for new school shoes. The longtime collaboration between EEF and Citi has provided a source for basic and essential items to be delivered into the hands of some of Tucson’s neediest children. Thanks to the generosity of Citi and its employees, thousands of students have the opportunity to start out the school year prepared to learn.