San Antonio is my home.
My family came to the US from Monterrey, México in 1976 when I was a year old and settled into a duplex on North General McMullen, within walking distance of University Park Baptist and James Madison Elementary School.
Rooted in Our Community
My older sister started kindergarten without knowing English. She taught me what she learned when she came home from school—a habit she continued through high school. By the fall of 1980, we had a new sister, I had started kindergarten, and our family had managed to buy a home on Donaldson Avenue. Even though they were only able to complete the third and sixth grade, my parents made sure my sisters and I had everything we needed to succeed in school. We are all proud graduates of Madison, Longfellow Middle School, and Thomas Jefferson High School.
Public schools presented me with great opportunities, like the Thomas Jefferson Mariachi. One of my favorite memories is performing on the Riverwalk barges during Fiesta. Thanks to my training at school, I was offered a job as a mariachi musician for Fiesta Texas’ opening season. I felt as though I had struck the jackpot. I had been earning $4.25 an hour bussing tables at EZ’s Restaurant on Bandera and 410. At Fiesta Texas, I earned $13 an hour—enough to help with the household expenses and to help my father buy the 1992 red Nissan pickup he still drives today.
Qualified & Experienced
When I graduated as valedictorian from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1993, I was blessed to receive a full scholarship to MIT where I majored in Chemical Engineering.
After I graduated from MIT, I was named a Fulbright Scholar in 1997, allowing me to study binational business in Mexico City at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. Once I completed my studies there, I earned a Master’s Degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering at Stanford University.
I knew I wanted to work in public service and to contribute to my community and chose to start my professional career in San Antonio at VIA Metropolitan Transit. I was entrusted with ensuring public transportation remained viable for the working people of San Antonio. Later, in San Francisco I worked at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District evaluating clean air projects and managing multi-million dollar public information campaigns. I spearheaded the development of the agency’s first public participation plan, a model for government agencies seeking meaningful input from communities. During this time I worked with and trained staff from 101 cities and counties.
My work with communities there made me realize that while I knew the science behind air pollution, to be a better public servant I needed to know about the public health outcomes. After receiving my Master’s Degree at the Harvard School of Public Health, I had the opportunity to stay in Boston and pursue a PhD. However, I knew my future needed to focus on helping people back home in San Antonio.
All my education and professional experience prepared me well for service to District 7. From teaching high school youth in after-school programs to starting my own Environmental Health firm, my work has focused on improving quality of life for the community.
I have an overwhelming love for my family and my neighborhood.
I even purchased a house next door to my childhood home where my parents and the 1992 red Nissan truck still live. I have been to many places; I know how unique San Antonio and District 7 are. With your support, I will continue to use all my passion, talent, and experience in representing our neighborhoods, and making District 7 a great place to raise a family, start a business and retire. Let’s do it together.