Growth Partners Arizona is currently hiring an Executive Director! As Lesli Pintor, current GPAz Executive Director, prepares for retirement, the Board of Directors are seeking a strategic, entrepreneurial leader to fill the role. Learn more and apply by reviewing our Job Description. 


Lesli Pintor

Executive Director

Lesli has done this work for nearly six years in this role and serving on the board of directors for the organization prior to becoming the ED.

Lesli has 31+ years of commercial real estate and business lending experience, taught Business Communications at the University of Arizona Eller College of Management, was a corporate leadership and credit trainer, and is certified in conducting behavioral assessments. She created and led a professional women’s networking organization and a formal mentoring program, and she is a mentor for the Tucson Metro Chamber’s Emerging Leaders Council.

Lesli has served on many nonprofit boards over the years, including three years with Earn to Learn, a scholarship program for low-income, first generation college students; the Pima Community College Foundation; Metropolitan Pima Alliance; and CREW Tucson (Commercial Real Estate Women). In addition, her work at Eller included student consulting projects for 13 Tucson nonprofit organizations.

Lesli gives presentations on topics that include leadership, business lending, confidence, leveraging social media, and building networks.


Martin Mendoza

Loan Program Manager

Martin is a bi-cultural, bilingual (English, Spanish) professional, with business experience in finance, management, and industry services. He is highly interested in social, economic, and cultural affairs, as well as how people think and arrive at personal, business, and economic decisions. Martin has four years of experience in community development lending for small businesses in Arizona. His role with GPAz is to develop and grow the loan portfolio to underserved small businesses and nonprofit organizations in Arizona.

Martin is a native of Mexico and previously worked in Tucson for a bilingual magazine and a food import business, and in Mexico in sales training and lease financing. He also has several years of experience teaching at the university level. Martin has a master’s degree in education/education management and a bachelor’s degree in management.


Alexa G. Rodriguez

Kiva Capital Access Manager and Business Advisory Services Manager

Alexa’s role at GPAz is to grow the Kiva Tucson hub, bringing together community partner organizations to expand the reach of Kiva in southern Arizona communities and to help entrepreneurs gain access to Kiva’s global network of crowdfunding microlenders.

Alexa has experience in business counseling at an SBA Women’s Business Center, as well as event planning, social media management and creative content creation, including website and graphic design. She has a bachelor’s degree in management and minors in global business and Spanish history and translation from universities in Brazil and Mexico. Alexa is also an entrepreneur, owning her own e-retail business selling Mexican clothing and accessories. Alexa is also bi-cultural and bilingual (English, Spanish).




Growth Partners Arizona attracts and provides resources to for-profit and nonprofit businesses through loans and technical assistance to enhance and empower communities throughout Arizona.