Rebecca Q. Cedillo has been named the Interim President and CEO of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SAHCC) effective October 1, 2018. Cedillo, founder of Strategic Initiatives Consulting, currently serves as Business and Community Impact Officer at University Health System (UHS). Cedillo also recently served as the SAHCC’s Chairwoman in 2016.
“The SAHCC’s CEO Search Committee, and the SAHCC Executive and Board of Directors have voted to appoint Rebecca Q. Cedillo as Interim CEO, as the search for a new permanent President/CEO continues to replace our outgoing President and CEO Ramiro Cavazos,” said Erika Prosper Nirenberg, Chairwoman of the SAHCC. “Rebecca, as a recent past chair, is intimately familiar with our mission, board and staff. She is a respected business leader, with great relationships in our city and community. We feel she will provide a consistent and knowledgeable presence that will continue to accelerate the vision and impact of the SAHCC from October 1 until the end of the year, as we transition. I am extremely confident that our Board overwhelmingly supports this appointment and the SAHCC will continue its trajectory as a powerhouse presence in San Antonio.”
Cedillo moved to the private sector to provide strategic consulting services after being the first Chief of Water Resources for the San Antonio Water System (SAWS). She began with SAWS as Vice President of Planning and prior was Director of the City of San Antonio Office of Water Resources. She also served as Director of Planning for the City of San Antonio.
“I am honored to continue my service to the community in an organization that I respect and value as one that gives back to not only its members, but to constituencies far and wide, “said Cedillo. “During my year as Chair, we had a keen focus on engagement, interaction and proactive programs and activities that showcased our small business and corporate members as integral parts of growing the next generations of entrepreneurs and workforce.”
“In a community that embraces collaboration and innovation, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber continues to be a leader in this area with the partnerships established and those in the making. This year our Chair has embodied those qualities in the Latinos are Leaders agenda showcasing among other initiatives, the Raising and Inspiring Successful Entrepreneurship (R.I.S.E.) children’s business education program and promoting positive influence in all sectors of daily life. With those characteristics in mind, I hope to carry the organization forward as we transition,” added Cedillo.
Cedillo is a native of San Antonio and graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Master’s degree in City Planning and Public Policy and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and minor in Economics from St. Mary’s University graduating magna cum laude. She is also considered an innovator in Water Resources Planning with an expanse of experience of more than 25 years.
“Becky has the business acumen and experience in both the government and private sectors that provide a balance to approach any issue. She also has the heart to serve her community in any capacity. She is a great choice as the Interim CEO of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,” said George B. Hernández, President and CEO of UHS.