Consul Banegas served as Honorary Consul of Honduras in Arizona from March 2006 until March of 2016. He currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Advisors of the Diplomatic Corps of Arizona. He was the CEO of the Colibrí Center for Human Rights based in Tucson until May, 2021. Their mission is to promote healing and change by working with families of disappeared migrants to identify and honor those who have died on the US-Mexico border.
Prior to this position he was a Philanthropic Advisor at the Arizona Community Foundation for almost 9 years. In this role, he was the Relationship Manager to 90 funds including Donor Advised funds, Family Foundations and nonprofit endowments; he also provided leadership on select special initiatives of the Foundation, including: The Funder’s Collaborative with Hispanic in Philanthropy, Latinos Unidos, The Latina Giving Circle, The Black Philanthropy Initiative, The African American Giving Circle, African American Male Giving Circle, the Arizona Asian Pacific Giving Circle, The Arizona Family Economic Success Initiative (AZFES) and Project SAM (Shared Asset Measurement), a Collective Impact initiative. Before he joined the Arizona Community Foundation he spent 13 years as an Executive with two large nonprofits providing oversight of numerous child-welfare programs dealing with behavioral health, health, early childhood, prevention, etc. in Central and West Phoenix.
He has supported numerous projects in Honduras, including housing, water, medicine and medical equipment, garbage trucks, etc. He has served on numerous Boards Including Hogar Materno (Honduras), Avondale Neighborhood Housing Services, Arizona Forward, US-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership, Maricopa County Integrated Health Systems, Board of Trustees, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix, etc. He was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow in 2000 by Rotary International and was inducted into the Phoenix College Hall of Fame in 2001. He was awarded the Raul Yzaguirre Community Leadership Award by Valle del Sol in 2014. He is a graduate of Valley Leadership Class XXI. He is a student and devotee of Servant Leadership as defined by Robert Greenleaf. He earned a Master in Public Administration and a Bachelors in Business Administration, both from Arizona State University. He is a proud Papi of Sara and Sabrina, a School Psychologist and a Registered Nurse, respectively. Tony is an avid soccer player.