Andrés Cano is currently pursuing his Master’s in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is the former Democratic Leader in the Arizona House of Representatives, where he represented District 20 (Tucson) from 2019 to 2023.
Raised by a single mom, Andrés, 31, saw a path for advancement in Arizona’s public schools. He is a first-generation college graduate. Prior to elected office, Andrés served as a senior aide to Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías from 2012 to 2018. In this role, Andrés prioritized juvenile justice reform, public health, and neighborhood infrastructure.
In the Arizona legislature, Andrés served on the House Committee on Ways & Means, in addition to the House Committee on Natural Resources, Energy, & Water.
From 2020 to 2023, Andrés served as the Director of the LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund, a philanthropic initiative of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. During his tenure, he raised $1 million to support the Fund’s grant-making in Southern Arizona.
Andrés will complete his graduate studies in May 2024.