BIOGRAPHY:

Ramiro A. Cavazos

Ramiro A. Cavazos

Ramiro Cavazos became President & CEO of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on August 15, 2008. In his position, Ramiro oversees a staff of 16 employees and is lead representative of the organization. He is responsible for growing business services, advocating for member issues and economic development. He leads fundraising activities, membership development and securing of corporate funding.

Prior to his appointment at the Hispanic Chamber, Ramiro served as Director of Research and Economic Development for the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). He managed strategic efforts to connect local, state, federal and private resources in economic development for the UTHSCSA.

Ramiro led the Economic Development Department for the City of San Antonio for six and a half years before his time at the UTHSCSA. During that tenure, he led unprecedented economic growth for the nation’s 7th largest city by recruiting Toyota, Microsoft, Maxim Semiconductors; and expanded DPT Labs, National Security Agency, and Rackspace.

Prior to joining the City, he was the Senior Manager for Global Public Affairs for the Levi Strauss Foundation directing economic empowerment, social justice, and AIDS grants in Texas, Mexico and Latin America for more than five years.

Ramiro has taught economic development for the University of Texas at San Antonio, successfully managed Nelson Wolff’s campaign for Mayor in 1991, helped revitalize the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in the late 1980’s, served as the first administrator for the City of Helotes and worked for former U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen.

He was selected as a delegate to The American Assembly, a national public policy forum, was appointed to the U.S. Department of Education’s Secondary School Recognition Program, and was one of fifteen Americans selected to participate in the U.S. – Japan --China Association for the Communication of Transcultural Study (ACT) Seminar.

Mayor Phil Hardberger asked him to Chair the San Antonio Housing Authority, Co-chair the 2007 City Bond Campaign, and to serve on the new P-16 Plus Council task force. He is on the Executive Boards of Brooks Development Authority and the Alamo Academies, Chairs the St. Mary’s Revitalization Committee and is on the board of Project Quest.

Ramiro is a former Director of the Edwards Aquifer Authority, Trustee for St. Mary’s University, and a Bank Director for Intercon National Bank. He has chaired the San Antonio Education Partnership, Alamo Workforce Development, and San Antonio Inc.

Ramiro received a B.A. in Government from The University of Texas at Austin and an M.P.A. from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. Ramiro is married to Christa Olvera, and they are proud parents of 3 year old Ramiro Antonio, and one month old Roberto Carlos. Ramiro is a native of Weslaco in the Rio Grande Valley, and is a 7th generation Texan.

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