Marana’s loss is Pima County’s gain as former Director of Parks and Recreation Tom Ellis has become the executive director of Tucson Clean and Beautiful. Ellis replaces Joan Lionetti, who will retire at the end of June.
“Mr. Ellis has demonstrated a deep commitment to our community’s natural and built environment,” said Mike Jette, president of the Tucson Clean and Beautiful board of directors. “We are confident that he will continue the legacy of Ms. Lionetti by providing strong leadership and support for our staff, partners, and volunteers, and will continue to make Tucson Clean and Beautiful.”
Tucson Clean and Beautiful is a non-profit environmental organization serving the Tucson/Pima County metropolitan area since 1985 with the designs of acting as the flagship for community-based environmental volunteer efforts in the Tucson metro area. Programs include recycling and waste reduction, urban forestry, land stewardship, at-risk youth landscape training and beautification.
Ellis recently transitioned from Parks and Recreation Department director to a position overseeing Capital Improvement Projects, specifically projects involving parks and trails. Former deputy director Cynthia Nemeth-Briehn took over as director earlier this year and will keep the role. The town is currently in the process of hiring a deputy director of parks and rec.
Ellis has spent more than 20 years in a variety of arboricultural, horticultural and land management positions and over 30 years of experience in the government and nonprofit sectors. He has a bachelor of science in Agronomy from Mississippi State and is an International Society of Arboriculture certified arborist and municipal specialist. He has previously served as a board member and president of the Arizona Community Tree Council.
“Tucson Clean and Beautiful’s vision, mission, programs and operations reflect long-standing respect for resource sustainability and commitment to enhance community resiliency,” Ellis said. “I am excited at the opportunity to work with TCB and its community partners to continue that legacy.”