Nicolas “Nick” Pierson was born in Nogales, Arizona, to parents of Mexican descent. His mother came to Nogales from Sinaloa, Mexico where she met his father, who had just returned from serving in the European Theatre in WWII. Nick grew up on the Tohono O’Odham and the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation, where his father taught in the Public Schools. He spent much of his youth with his Mexican relatives on both sides of the border and was heavily influenced by the cultures of Mexico and America on the border. Also impactful in his upbringing were his friendships with his O’Odham and Apache classmates. He attended public schools in Sells, Arizona, for part of his grade school years, completing his elementary education in Whiteriver, Arizona. He graduated from Alchesay High School in a class of 32 students. Nick is a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences where he was a recognized student leader. He also is a graduate of Project Central (Center for Rural Leadership) Class XV.

All three of his children graduated from public schools.


Nick went on to serve eight years in US Army Field Hospital units. He later owned a Pension Administration Company in Southern California, working with many businesses in California and Arizona. As an adult 4H leader, he worked with youth in Orange County, California.


Nick has worked in the financial services industry since graduating from the University of Arizona and has completed over 40 years of service as a Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual. He has served on Non-Profit Boards for many years, including the Arizona Town Hall Board of Directors, the Educational Foundation of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber Board of Directors and the Changuitos Feos Board of Directors”. He founded Tus Vecinos en El Barrio, a Hispanic coalition in South Tucson, in 2008, and founded the Mexican Independence Day celebration at the Fox Theatre in 2013 along with the Instituto Cultural Mexicano de Tucson and the Mexican Consulate. This September 15th will be the 7th annual celebration at the Fox Theatre. Each event has had the theatre at full capacity.


Nick organized the American Patriot Memorial Foundation, which was instrumental in naming South Tucson as the first American Patriot City in the United States. Additionally, the American Patriot Memorial Foundation, whose motto is “Youth must be served”, is also leading the charge on an economic revitalization plan for the City of South Tucson. Nick currently serves as Vice President of the Council 1805 of LULAC (the League of United Latin American Citizens). LULAC nationally provides about one million dollars in scholarships to Hispanics every year.


As a member of the Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation Board of Directors, co-chairs the Programming and Marketing Committee and has spearheaded the initiative for the Fox Theatre’s Youth Art and Culture Program to help showcase talented youth. In addition to his involvement with youth programs, Nick focuses on creating an environment where all students can thrive. He believes that a healthy school environment is a key to a good education that will prepare our students to fulfill their dreams and become contributing members of our community.


Nicolas has been married to his wife Marolyn for 48 years, they have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.


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