Our Team

Staff

Liz Pocock

Interim CEO

As Interim CEO, Liz Pocock is responsible for strategic oversight and day-to-day operations for the Startup Tucson team. Liz believes in building strong programs focused around the needs of Tucson businesses and entrepreneurs to ensure that the organization grows and delivers on its mission to help Tucson strive. Previously the Supervising Research Attorney and Development Director at the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade, Liz has more than five years of experience in non-profit organizational management and has a record of successfully managing complex stakeholder, contract, and partner relationships in national and international contexts. Liz has a J.D. with a focus in international business and trade law from the College of Law at the University of Arizona and is currently serving on the Executive Committee of the Tucson Young Professionals Board, the Advisory Committee of the Tucson Chapter of the Global Chamber, and the Downtown Tucson Partnership Board of Directors.

Consultants

Tony Ford

Director, Venture Development Programs

Tony Ford has over 25 years experience in media, marketing, and business development. He is the Co-Founder of ArtFire.com and is currently creating new storytelling methods for film and virtual reality as a Founder of Chronos Productions. He holds an MBA in International Business and has coached more 100 company executives to pursue rapid growth as the Director of Venture Development Programs at Startup Tucson. Tony serves as a strategist, coach, and business consultant to companies throughout Tucson and the United States, and currently works with clients in software technology, aerospace, e-commerce, consumer products, and healthcare. Tony has served as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Arizona and is an award-winning radio personality and frequent featured speaker.

Dillon Walker

Director, Communications & Impact

Dillon Walker is a creative strategist, business leader, and community builder, based in Tucson, Arizona. Dillon is the founder and principal of Hydrant, a digital studio providing a distinct set of creative, digital, and marketing services to organizations of many sizes. As a community builder, Dillon is the Vice President of the Tucson Young Professionals and works to create a more vibrant city for young people to thrive in.

As Startup Tucson’s Director of Communications & Impact, Dillon looks for the ways in which Startup Tucson can accomplish its mission through better communication strategies, aligned mission partnerships, and organic community building. Dillon’s passion for the role stems from his own entrepreneurial background and a desire to see a global mindset applied to Tucson’s unique city dynamic.

Aaron Gopp

Community Programs Manager

Aaron is a Tucson native and a University of Arizona alumni. He has over 15 years experience in the software industry in roles including development, design, data analysis, management, and product management. In addition to his Bachelor’s Degree in MIS from the U of A, he has an MBA from Colorado State University. Aaron is the CEO and Co-Founder of Localoop, a local discovery platform powered by the expertise of the locals. He is a strong supporter of the Startup Tucson mission and has served many roles including Thryve Alumni (x2), Thryve Instructor, TENWEST Committee Member, and Co-Director of the TENWEST Summer in the City program.