Born and raised in Tucson, Jonathan is a native Tucsonan. His grandmother came to Tucson in 1942 and opened Valley Fair, a used furniture store on South 6th Avenue. His father attended Tucson High School and the University of Arizona.
A graduate of Canyon del Oro High School, Kenyon College and the University of New Mexico Law School, Jonathan served as a law clerk for United States District Court Judge Alfredo Marquez. He then joined the law firm of Mesch, Clark & Rothschild, where he served as managing partner from 2001 to 2011. In addition to his own law practice helping businesses and individuals, Jonathan was responsible for the day-to-day management of a 21-attorney firm.
Jonathan has a long history of extensive service with local non-profits – as a leader and a worker. He has served in various capacities, including Board President of Casa de los Ninos, Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging, and Temple Emanu-El.
He is a member of the Tucson Parks & Recreation Commission and currently serves as Chair of the Jewish Community Relations Council. Jonathan has also served on the Boards of the Tucson Medical Center Foundation, Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Friends of the University Libraries, University of Arizona and the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona.
Other responsibilities, past and present, include:
- Adjunct Professor, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona
- Chair, Committee on Examinations, State Bar of Arizona
- Project Coordinator, Operation Deep Freeze
- Member, SMART Project, Pima County Sheriff’s Department
- Treasurer, Pima County Democratic Party