Alexander Briseño Leadership Development Program (ABLDP)




The mission of the Alexander Briseño Leadership Development Program (ABLDP) is to enrich leadership and professional development through strategic planning, change management, teamwork, sustainability, and civic engagement.


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The Alexander Briseño Leadership Development Program is a personal and professional leadership development program focused on the Core Values:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Leading and Managing Change
  • Building Great Teams
  • Improving Quality – Operationally and Culturally  
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Creating and Sustaining Professional and Organizational Results

The program is named after retired City Manager Alexander Briseño and is grounded in his leadership philosophy “Gerencia Con Corazon,”  practice management with compassion/heart, as well as his leadership principles: Judgement, Compassion, Courage, Integrity, Creativity, Passion, Vision, Competency, Diligence, and Accessibility.

The ABLDP is a seven-month program that will provide you with the skills to succeed in today’s working environment.  The program provides networking and learning opportunities with existing and emerging civic and corporate leaders in the San Antonio area, as well as promoting leadership on boards and commissions.


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During the course of the program, individuals learn to apply the tools that make leaders and organizations great while elevating their own level of performance and effectiveness in their careers, and as leaders in the community. Class members work in teams to complete a six-month project dedicated to improving the San Antonio community.


The program is named after former San Antonio City Manager and former San Antonio Water System Board of Trustees Chairman, Alexander E. Briseño.  Mr. Briseño retired as San Antonio City Manager in March 2001 after almost 11 years in office.  As Chief Executive Officer, he managed the administration of a full-service municipal government as directed by City Council and oversaw an annual budget of $1.2 billion.  Mr. Briseño supervised the activities of all city departments with 12,000 employees, serving a community of more than 1.1 million residents and 417 square miles.  During his tenure as city manager, Mr. Briseño worked under four different mayors and 39 city council members.  Mr. Briseño has also been appointed Professor of Public Service in Resident at St. Mary’s University where he teaches graduate courses in public administration. The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is proud to have its premier leadership development program named after such a distinguished public servant.

Our leadership development programs help the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce remain San Antonio’s leading resource and advocate for Hispanic businesses, Hispanics in business and to provide premier access to the Hispanic marketplace.




There is a $35 application fee to apply.

Tuition costs for the year: $650 (payment plans available)



May – ABLDP Launch Reception

June  – ABLDP Class 1

July  – ABLDP Class 2

August  – ABLDP Class 3

September  – ABLDP Class 4

October  – ABLDP Class 5

November  – ABLDP Class 6

December  – ABLDP Graduation




 Want to learn more?

Meet the 2015 Class



 Meet the 2014 Class

 View their Final Presentations