Leigh-Anne Harrison, executive director at CHASSE Building Team Tucson. (Photo by Amber Legler)

July 20, 2023

Erin Thorburn

Most Influential Women: Leigh-Anne Harrison, CHASSE Building Team Tucson

Az Business and AZRE magazines announced the publications’ lists of the Most Influential Women in Arizona of 2023, including Leigh-Anne Harrison, executive director at CHASSE Building Team Tucson. In celebration of the 12th anniversary of the Most Influential Women program, azbigmedia.com is profiling one of the Most Influential Women of 2023 each day leading up to the Most Influential Women of 2023 dinner and reception.

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Leigh-Anne Harrison, executive director, CHASSE Building Team Tucson

BACKGROUND: Leigh-Anne Harrison, executive director of CHASSE Building Team Tucson, has grown the division from 2 to nearly 40 members and opened a 3,800-square-foot Southern Arizona headquarters since relocating in 2014. She also currently serves as the Yes for TUSD kids secretary and on the boards for both The Salvation Army and Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson.

CAREER PATH INSPIRATION: “It was a happy accident. I began on this path at just 19 when I was a new mom, taking a job as a receptionist with a small general contractor in Gilbert. The owner became a major mentor in my life, helping me rise to an eventual project manager before the Great Recession. I joined CHASSE in 2011, initially relocating to Tucson for a project. It was meant to be; I embraced it, taking CHASSE’s “Building to Make a Difference” mission statement as it relates to our clients, team members, and our community, helping build our Southern Arizona footprint into something we are really proud of today.”

SOURCE OF PRIDE: “In addition to the impactful projects themselves, including Tucson Premium Outlets, Dove Mountain K-8 CSTEM School, and Pima Community College Automotive Technology and Innovation Center, I am most proud of the work CHASSE has collectively done to help nonprofits and schools across Arizona.”

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION: “Both general contractor Gonzalo Ardavin, who hired me as a receptionist at just 19 and believed in me despite my age and lack of experience, and Barry Chasse, who has entrusted me and our team to build the CHASSE foundation across Southern Arizona.”

SURPRISING FACT: “I love stargazing and connecting with the universe.”