Arianna Parsons is a Missouri native who located to Las Cruces in 2012. Prior to her move to the Southwest, she studied business management at the College of New Jersey and opened a small cafin a nearby township. She later moved to Los Angeles where she held positions in outreach and communications and as a youth development specialist at the Koreatown Youth & Community Center. Parsons has also worked with film festival outreach, political campaigns, she has lobbied at a national level for CARE International and has dabbled in app design. Today, Parsons is serving as the interim executive director of the Downtown Las Cruces Partnership, an economic development organization focused on the revitalization of Main Street and surrounding neighborhoods. She and her husband, Tyrell Thacker, are the owners of Beck’s Coffee, a roasting house and pour over coffee bar located in the heart of the Mesquite Historic District. The couple lives in a 102-year-old adobe home in the historic district as well, along with their two cats and two dogs. In her spare time, Parsons serves on the board of directors for Las Esperanzas Inc. and the Amador Hotel Foundation. She and her husband are also looking forward to their newest business venture, The Little Elephant, a homemade ice cream shop.