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Elevate San Antonio Press Release

Press Release detailing information regarding our upcoming fellows fundraiser. 



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               
CONTACT: Catherine Tassin De Montaigu                                                                          


New Leaders Council San Antonio Chapter Concludes Inaugural Institute

Fellows Fundraiser scheduled for June 9


SAN ANTONIO (June 6, 2016) – Five months after beginning an aggressive training program to learn cutting-edge entrepreneurship, advocacy and political management skills from industry-leading volunteer faculty and mentors, 14 emerging San Antonio leaders wrapped up the New Leaders Council (NLC) San Antonio Chapter’s final weekend with a message from local, state and national officials: It’s your turn.


“There is never a better time to be a young, new leader in San Antonio,” said U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, a member of the organization’s advisory board. “I’m pleased to see the efforts of the inaugural class of New Leaders Council fellows to make progressive change in our community. Together, we have the potential to address major issues of making this a more livable city that attracts tech jobs, expands education and economic opportunity for those who have lagged behind in poverty. We will be looking to young leaders to do a better job in achieving solutions and finding better ways to work together.”


During a closing panel, State Sen. José Menéndez, State Rep. Diego Bernal and District 1 City Councilman Roberto C. Treviño discussed the current political climate in Texas and stressed the importance of engaging the progressive political entrepreneurs of tomorrow.


“Sometimes loving your city means caring about it enough to want to see it change into a better version of itself. In my opinion, leadership has less to do with the position one holds and more to do with the positions they take. That is what makes this program so unique and the participants so special- they are ready and willing to do the work,” said Rep. Bernal, also an NLC San Antonio advisory board member.


The organization’s inaugural class is currently seeking corporate sponsors for the first-ever Fellows Fundraiser. On Thursday, June 9, NLC San Antonio will gather community members at Herrera Plaza, 1800 W. Commerce, to "Elevate San Antonio" by supporting next year’s group of fellows. Varying sponsorship levels are available for those interested in empowering the next set of progressive leaders to make a difference in San Antonio. Individual tickets are $25.


“There is currently nothing like New Leaders Council in San Antonio. With all that is going on in our city right now to encourage development and innovation, the timing is perfect and we must do our part by investing in these types of initiatives from within our community” said Veronica Vasquez, co-chair of NLC San Antonio’s board of directors.


To become a sponsor or purchase a ticket for the event, visit

Each NLC Institute is highly-selective, admitting only 10-20 fellows to each program. Over the course of five months, NLC chapters engage local leaders to conduct sessions to create a uniquely tailored experience where fellows learn from guest speakers at the top of their field. Some of the topics addressed include Messaging & Framing, Tech & New Media, Political Management, Public Relations & Marketing, Fundraising, and Leadership & Values Development. Young trendsetters, elected officials and civically engaged leaders in businesses and industries throughout San Antonio have the opportunity to join more than 3,000 alumni of the nation’s premiere political entrepreneurship training program. Nominations and applications for the local chapter’s 2017 institute opened earlier this month and will close in November.


NLC is creating an exciting network of individuals, highly-skilled in working together across sectors to improve the progressive infrastructure and ensure strong democracy, social justice and equal opportunity. NLC San Antonio launched in August 2015 and is chaired by Veronica Vasquez and co-chaired by George Salinas.


NLC does not engage in political or legislative activities of any kind, does not support or oppose any candidate for public office, and serves only as an educational leadership training ground. The result is a robust network of individuals who support each other as they move into careers in government, business, nonprofits and beyond.


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Elevate San Antonio
June 9, 2016
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Herrera Plaza, 1800 W. Commerce
Sponsorship opportunities and tickets available at



NLC San Antonio 2016 Fellows:

Alberto Altamirano, Public Involvement Specialist, Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization

Celeste Brown, Field Representative, U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Lloyd Doggett

Emily Calderon Galdeano, Owner/Principal, Elevate Consulting Group; Senior Associate, Excelencia in Education

Shanti Day, Attorney Advisor, Social Security Administration

Brian Dillard, Associate, Delta Risk LLC

Erika Forbes, Minister/Public Speaker, Self

H. Drew Galloway, Executive Director, MOVE San Antonio

Selene Gomez, Coordinator, Mi Familia Vota

Steven Lopez, Attorney, Steven A. Lopez, PLLC

Ruth Morris, Research Associate, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Michael Odum, Corporate Market Director, American Heart Association

Thea Setterbo, Public Engagement Officer, City of San Antonio

MaryEllen Veliz, District Director, U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Lloyd Doggett

Jose Alberto Vidal, Junior Partner, OCI Group


NLC San Antonio Executive Board Members:

Veronica L. Vasquez (Chair)
Attorney, The Law Offices of Veronica L. Vasquez, P.L.L.C.

George L. Salinas, Jr. (Co-Chair)
Attorney, The Law Offices of George Salinas, P.L.L.C. 

Al Arreola Jr.
President & CEO, South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

Hannah Beck
Director of Fundraising, Martinez Street Women’s Center

John Bozada 
Attorney, Bozada P.C.

Akeem Brown
Senior Management Analyst, Office of EastPoint, City of San Antonio

C. LeRoy Cavazos
Director of Government Affairs, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Marina Gavito
Executive Director, TechBloc

Dan DeBauche
Co-Founder, Kinder+DeBauche

Katie Kinder DeBauche
Director of Individual Giving at San Antonio Food Bank; Co-Founder, Kinder+DeBauche

Joaquin Guerra 
Founder & Chief Strategists, Mas Power Group

Javier Herrera
Attorney, The Herrera Law Firm

Liliana Mireles
San Antonio Regional Program Manager of Civic Engagement, N.A.L.E.O.

Ruby Resendez
CEO/Managing Partner, Cilantro Creative Graphic Design Agency

Andrew Solano
Mayor’s Liaison to City Council, The City of San Antonio Mayor’s Office

Catherine Tassin De Montaigu
Founder, de Montaigu Designs

Olivia Travieso
Co-Founder & Partner, OCI Group




NLC San Antonio Advisory Board Members:


Representative Diego Bernal

Commissioner Tommy Calvert

Colleen Casey

Rosie Castro
Rebecca Cedillo

Congressman Lloyd Doggett

Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales

Congressman Charlie Gonzalez

Frank Herrera
District Attorney Nico LaHood

Pat Jasso

Tim Maloney

Justice Rebeca Martinez

Councilman Cris Medina 

Senator Jose Menéndez

Representative Ina Minjarez

Councilman Ron Nirenberg

Representative Justin Rodriguez

Councilman Rey Saldaña

Laurence Seiterle

Aaron Valenzuela

Sally Valenzuela

Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran

Councilman Alan E. Warrick II





New Leaders Council (NLC) is a 501(c)(3) that works to recruit, train and promote the progressive political entrepreneurs of tomorrow, who will shape the future landscape.  NLC recruits Fellows from outside traditional power structures and equips them with the skills necessary to be civic leaders in their communities and workplaces.

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