Graduate of San Antonio Hispanic Chamber’s Latina Leadership Institute Receives Gubernatorial Board Appointment, First of its Kind for Program

Judy Treviño, graduate of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s (SAHCC) first Latina Leadership Institute (LLI) cohort, was recently appointed to the “Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board” by Governor Greg Abbott. The board oversees the Texas Tuition Promise Fund and the Texas College Savings Plan. Treviño’s appointment is active now until February 1, 2021.

“Judy Treviño’s appointment is another great example of our Latinos Are Leaders effort to showcase how Hispanics are talented, intelligent and shaping the future of Texas,” said Erika Prosper Nirenberg, Chairwoman of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “In my current position with the Chamber and having served as one of the past Chairs of the Latina Leadership Institute, this appointment is especially important for San Antonio women to see how they are ready to lead at all levels of government, boards and commissions.  I hope to see us continue with our efforts towards women’s equity in health, education, and appointments as a City.”

LLI is a non-partisan program founded by the SAHCC in 2015 to encourage more women to pursue elected-office positions as well as federal, state, and local appointment positions and boards/commissions. Treviño’s appointment marks the first graduate since the program’s launch three years ago to be appointed to a gubernatorial board.

“As a Chair of the Latina Leadership Institute’s class 3 and a graduate of the inaugural class alongside Judy, I was elated to learn of this news!  Judy is the first graduate of LLI to accept this prestigious opportunity.  Together, we carry the mission of LLI whole-heartedly, and collectively, we will continue to advocate for all women to apply for gubernatorial boards,” said Jaymie Mangelsdorf, 2018 Chair of LLI. “The Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board was created in 1995 and oversees college savings plans which helps families plan for a prosperous future in higher education.  Judy’s expertise will only enhance its continued efforts and mission.”

“I am truly honored to be appointed by the Governor to this board, and I look forward to sharing my experience, expertise and diverse background with the members. I would like to thank Governor Abbott’s Deputy Director for Governmental Appointments for working with me on the process and Senator-Elect Pete Flores for approving my application.  Upon graduation from the Latina Leadership Institute it was a goal of mine to seek a place on a statewide board. I am grateful to LLI for its encouragement and its promotion of women in seeking opportunities to serve our community locally and statewide.” said Treviño.

Applications for the fourth cohort of the program will open late 2018.