Tucson Urban League announces resignation of their president and CEO | News
The Tucson Urban League regretfully announces the resignation of President and CEO Jonathan Peck. Peck will be relocating to Chicago where his wife, Zelda Harris, has accepted a prestigious position as Director of the Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy at Loyola University.
Peck joined the Tucson Urban League in November 2009. Under his leadership, Tucson Urban League established a number of programs aimed at benefiting the community and fulfilled goals set forth by the National Urban League; including the Community Closet & Food Bank, where residents can receive free clothing, shoes, diapers and other household items. He was also influential in bringing key leaders in civil rights issues to Tucson to speak – including Roland Martin, Al Sharpton, and most recently, Harry Belafonte. Peck also had a key role in refurbishing the Tucson Urban League’s sports and recreation complex, which includes a brand new basketball court, soccer field, indoor boxing, martial arts, cardio workout center and a community garden.
“It has been a great pleasure to serve the Tucson Urban League and this community as a whole. I am excited for what opportunities are ahead, and I look forward to maintaining a relationship, even from afar, with this organization,” said Peck in a recent news release announcing his resignation.
After his departure in later this month, the Board of Directors of the Tucson Urban League will begin a national search for his permanent replacement; until that happens, longtime staff member Terisha Ellis, the current director of the Housing and Weatherization Department, has been named the interim CEO.
The Tucson Urban League, 2305 S. Park Avenue, is a non-profit organization that works to improve race relations, advocates for relevant public policies, and provides assistance to individuals and communities to achieve social and economic equality. It is one of 98 National Urban League affiliates.