Jan Lesher joined Pima County in the spring of 2010 and has served as the Deputy County Administrator since July 2011.
Lesher returned to her hometown in the spring of 2010 after serving former Arizona Governor and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano since January 2003. Lesher served Secretary Napolitano as Chief of Staff for Operations, overseeing the daily activities of Agency’s 230,000 employees and $52 billion budget.
Born, raised and educated in Tucson, Jan professional experience is extensive; she served as Vice-President of Communications and Marketing for the Tucson Economic Development Corporation, Executive Director of the Tucson Community Cable Corporation and Vice-President of Warner-Amex Cable. She founded Lesher Communications in 1990, handling corporate, public and government relations for various entities.
Jan has an impressive history of community involvement, including service as a member of the Board of Directors of the Commerce and Economic Development Commission; Arizona Town Hall; the Greater Arizona Development Authority; the Community Food Bank; and La Frontera. She was named a Woman of Influence by Inside Tucson Business in 2004 and the Metropolitan Tucson Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year in 2005. In 2008 she was the Arizona Capitol Times Leader of the Year in Public Policy and received the YWCA Business Leadership Award.
Jan holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Arizona.