The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the Co-Chairs of the 2019 class of Leadership San Antonio (LSA) are Laura Cabanilla, Vice President Community Relations, Community Development Officer for Wells Fargo, and Andi Rodriguez, Governmental and Community Relations Coordinator at San Antonio Independent School District and the San Antonio Business Journal’s “Good Works SA” Columnist.
Since 1975, LSA has been recognized as the premiere leadership development program in the community, providing participants a unique experience to expand their service to San Antonio. The jointly-sponsored program identifies individuals who have demonstrated leadership in their chosen profession and are active in community organizations that support San Antonio’s growth and development.
Past graduates of the LSA program include: Mayor Ron Nirenberg; former Mayor Ivy Taylor; Councilman Roberto C. Treviño; Councilman William Cruz Shaw; Hope Andrade, former Secretary of State and Co-Founder and Chief Strategic Advisor for Andrade-Van de Putte & Associates; County Commissioner Kevin Wolff; former U.S. Congressman Charlie Gonzalez; Jeff Arndt, CEO, VIA; Bartell Zachry, Chairman of the Board, Zachry Interests; Sam Dawson, CEO, Pape-Dawson Engineers; and many more notable community leaders!
“Serving our community is one of my greatest passions, so to have the opportunity to be on the ground with Andi Rodriguez as co-chairs for next year’s program is not only an honor but it is exhilarating for me,” said Cabanilla. “I’m looking forward to seeing each participant’s journey as they learn about the strengths, challenges, and opportunities we face as a city.”
As LSA connects local leaders to public and community servants who share the common desire for the betterment of their community, the program exposes participants to diverse challenges affecting San Antonio and the means to positively impact them. This broadens participants’ knowledge base and helps them develop a unique perspective.
“As a graduate of Leadership San Antonio (LSA), I’m incredibly appreciative of the way it connected the dots in San Antonio for me. If you truly want to make a positive impact in our community, this is where you’ll find the people and opportunity to help you make it happen,” said Rodriguez. “It’s exciting and humbling knowing I’ll be co-chairing with Laura Cabanilla, as LSA is really what brought us together. She and I are committed to all that goes into making an exceptional experience so the class can use LSA as a tool to make our city the place we deserve.”
LSA Class 44 is currently accepting applications from previous LSA participants to serve on next year’s steering committee. Former LSA graduates may apply at https://sachamber.formstack.com/forms/lsa_steering_committee_application_class_44_2019.