B.A. Latin American Studies/Spanish
M.A. Latin American Studies w/ Concentrations in International Business and Brazilian Culture and Literature
I worked as a broadcast journalist nearly 10 years, with my last TV job being at Noticias 26 Univision, here in El Paso. I was employed for a little over a year at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as the Communications Coordinator for their Justice for Immigrants Campaign, and spent nearly 4 years working for Texas State Senator, Jose Rodriguez, as a bilingual media specialist/legislative aide/binational affairs liaiason. For the last 3 years I have been working as a full time County Commissioner at El Paso County. I also have taught Portuguese at UTEP over the years.
I volunteer on a number of boards:
Vice Chair of Emergence Health Network Board
Chair of Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone #5
Honorary Member of Board of Managers for the Medical Center of the Americas
Member of the Board for Project Bravo
Member of the Board for the Texas Council of Community Centers
Member of Texas Association of Counties' Core Legislative Group
Conference of Urban Counties Policy and Education committee member
Vice Chair for National Association of Counties' Immigration Task Force
Member of NACO's International Economic Development steering committe and Healthcare steering committee
The three most important issues for residents in Precinct 2 are access to healthcare, food insecurity and quality of life. I have been a strong advocate for healthcare, working to save the Children's Hospital from closing, supporting UMC by providing resources to make sure it continues to be the premier hospital in the area, and by working on the board of Emergence Health Network. I will continue to support all three institutions if I am re-elected. I have been working on creating policies to deal with food insecurity, such as a Healthy Food Financing Initiative which will provide incentives for grocery stores to offer healthier products and set up shop in food deserts. I will continue this work if re-elected. I have been the strongest advocate for Ascarate Park, and under my leadership the park has seen high levels of investment. I will continue to advocate for more investment in the park and to support bringing more events and programming in order to increase revenue.
I would concentrate more on personnel and bond authority control. I believe our employees are our strongest asset. I have advocated to increase minimum wage, as well as pay people what the market says they deserve. I will continue to do so if re-elected. I will continue to support the financial policies we recently created and look for ways to save when dealing with debt.
The most important board under my authority is EHN. It is the local mental health authority and the safety net for indigent populations. The work EHN does permeates throughout the whole County and touches many lives. It is so important because mental health is something that needs to be talked about more, and more people need to take care of their mental health.
I plan to continue to support the Children’s Hospital and University Medical Center in their efforts to create more access points and bring more patients to the system. I will push to have both pediatrics and mental healthcare at UMC’s neighborhood clinics, and I will push to have UMC provide healthcare at our County Jail, as well as for stand alone emergency departments.