Lisa Winton, Mom, Interviewed on The Faces Of Tucson AZ

Lisa Winton

Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, I completed my undergraduate degree in art history at the University of Arizona (UA). I later attended graduate school at Northern Arizona University (M.Ed.) and Regis University (masters in nonprofit management).

While at UA, I grew to love Tucson making it my home, starting my family here, and beginning my career here. The nonprofit sector is particularly meaningful to me because without it so many important aspects of our lives would go unfulfilled. It gives us the opportunity to become connected to our community–and Tucson is such a giving and caring city. I am now at the University of Arizona as Associate Director, Foundation Relations.

I’ve come full circle to now give back to an institution that I love. I had for such a long time aspired to be in foundation relations. My sweet spot in nonprofit development is foundations–I love studying them, researching them, and connecting our brilliant faculty to private foundations.

Q: Please tell us a little bit about your family.
My family is from New Orleans & all still live there. My father was an artist and had a studio on Bourbon Street in the 1970s. I have a 12-year-old son who loves history. My boyfriend Jay is an artist.

Q: Please tell us about your current, past, or future career. What do you love most about what you do?
My career has been devoted to nonprofit program development and major gift fundraising. I now work primarily with private foundations around the country & I love what I do. I meet so many incredible faculty members at UA in every college to position their research to private foundations.

Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in our community?
I love Tumerico & the Dutch.

Q: How long have you lived or worked in our community?
20+ years

Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in our community?
Joseph Blair

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
I would love to go to Tokyo to see the cherry blossoms blooming.

Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
I recently saw Nomadland and thought it was great. Beautiful cinematography & direction. TV show would be The Crown.

Q: What advice would you give to people?
One of the things I’ve learned in 2020 was to slow down, rest when you need it. There is no need to push yourself to exhaustion.

Q: What is something on your bucket list?
Hike the Camino de Santiago

Q: What is your go to band when you can’t decide what to listen to?
Zero 7

Q: What current or former local business makes you the most nostalgic about our community?
We have so many great local businesses–I love MAST and think the women who own the business really highlight the creativity of Tucson.

Q: If you could choose anyone that is alive today and not a relative; with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? And where locally would y’all meet for this lunch?
Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund. She is the embodiment of advocating to end childhood poverty and racial justice. I studied her work in graduate school. Phenomenal woman. I’d likely invite her to the Arizona Inn for lunch. It’s elegant, charming and a good place to have a conversation.

Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about our community?

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
I aspire to extend my career to working at a national private foundation as a program officer.

Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
Well now they’ll all know.

Q: What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
Heidelberg, Germany

Q: Favorite month? favorite holiday? and best single day on the calendar?
March & spring holidays Easter & Passover,

Q: What would you rate a 10 out of 10?
the movie Parasite

Q: Who inspires you to be better?
My son

Q: What is one or two of your favorite smells?
Cedar & Magnolia

Q: Finally, what 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
Humidity, moss, art

For All That You Do,
Thank you Lisa Winton from The Faces of Tucson.
We Appreciate You