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New Leaders Council

2018-2019 Board of Directors


Announcing our 2018-2019 Board of Directors!

We are looking forward to working with this stellar team to recruit and train the next change makers in San Antonio.

MaryEllen G. Véliz

NLC San Antonio Co-Director

District Director, U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett


Andrew Solano

NLC San Antonio Co-Director

Chief of Policy, Councilman Manny Pelaez


Chawanna Chambers

Curriculum Chair

Executive Director, Single Seed Enrichment School, INC. 


Melanie Castillo

Curriculum Co-Chair



Rebecca Kaufmann Podowski

Finance Chair

Senior Policy Advisor, Councilman Clayton Perry


Kevin Shandy

Recruitment Chair

Branch Director, Boys & Girls Club of San Antonio


Michael Odum

Recruitment Co-Chair

Community Development Manager, Family Service Association


Brian Dillard

Selections Chair

Cybersecurity Consultant, Delta Risk


Victoria Echeverri

Communications Chair

Curriculum & Data Manager

SA Youth


Michelle Swisher

Capstone Chair

Senior Development Associate, CommuniCare Health Centers


Shenée Simon

Mentorship Chair

Founder/Executive Director, YWFT San Antonio, AAUW


Julia Grizzard

Advisory Board Liaison

Policy Director, State Representative Diego Bernal



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