Board and Committee Appointees
Thank you to our District 3 appointees for your public service to the City of El Paso. As we appoint residents to serve for District 3 in this new term, we wanted to share with the public the great men and women we have throughout the city who have expressed great interest to help move El Paso forward.
If you are interested in serving on a board or commission please send your resume email to firstname.lastname@example.org. As vacancies come up on boards we will consider those on the interest list. For a list of all the Boards and Commissions, please click here.
Nickole Heater Rodriguez
Ethics Review Commission
A proud native El Pasoan, Nickole Heater Rodriguez received her Bachelor’s in Political Science and her Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Urban & Regional Planning and Public Policy at UTEP. Rodriguez currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Goodwill Industries of El Paso where she is responsible for operations and furthering Goodwill's mission to provide training, skills, and services for people with barriers to employment. Previously, Rodriguez served as the Economic Development Liaison for the Economic &International Development Department at the City of El Paso where she worked on various redevelopment initiatives and incentives for the City to include downtown and infill projects and served as the liaison for developers and partner organizations. Nickole is a lifelong supporter of the Miners and you can usually catch her on the sidelines cheering them on to victory.
Manuel (Manny) Moreno
Capital Improvements Advisory Committee
Manuel (Manny) Moreno is currently a retired Aerospace & Defense Engineer and Engineering Manager. Prior to working for Rockwell-Boeing for 30 years, he worked 10 years in the garment industry as a technician on automated equipment and progressed to engineering - designing pieces of automated equipment to enhance productivity and lower costs. At the time of his retirement from Boeing in June 2013, Mr. Moreno was the Senior Engineer and Engineering Manager for the Boeing Strategic Manufacturing Center in El Paso, Texas, and was in charge of the Test Engineering, Test, Metrology, Manufacturing/Process Engineering, Information Technology, Facilities Engineering, and Facilities & Maintenance departments. He was also in charge of and successfully completed several Capital Improvement Projects during his tenure at Boeing-El Paso. A 1969 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in El Paso, Mr. Moreno served in the United States Marine Corps from 1969 to 1973 and did a tour in the Republic of South Vietnam in 1972. After receiving several meritorious promotions and commendations, he was honorably discharged in November 1973.
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
Mr. Frausto has Twenty-five years of Service with the Immigration & Naturalization Service retiring as a Supervisory Special Agent, Anti-Smuggling Unit. He was responsible for ensuring that complex investigations comply with criminal and statutory provisions of the Immigration & Naturalization Act, Service rules, policies, procedures, guidelines and court decisions. He was the past President of the Vietnam Veterans of America 574 / Veteran of Foreign Wars. He has lived in El Paso for over 40 years and is fluent in Spanish language and English. He also served previously on the City Accessibility Advisory Committee.
Alyssa Cervantes Benavides
Open Space Advisory Board
She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Ethnic Studies and Public Policy from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master's Degree in Public Administration with a focus on Border Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso. Ms. Cervantes Benavides has 17 years of experience as a policy analyst; of which was initiated as a legislative policy analyst in the Texas House of Representatives' Mexican American Legislative Leadership Foundation Program. She is currently the Associate Managing Director of the Office of Clinical Informatics & Digital Health at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center of El Paso. Ms. Cervantes Benavides is a representative in the Leadership Women Texas program, a scholarship recipient of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives Chief Information Officer Boot Camp, a member of the Hispanic Women's Network of Texas and dedicates her personal time to mentoring students from the local community and from cities across Texas.
Museums and Cultural Affairs Advisory Board
A community organizer with an extensive background in the humanities, particularly through art history and cultural studies. Graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelors in Art History and a minor in Museum studies. She is the President of the Board for El Paso based organization, La Mujer Obrera. Has a background in fundraising and a proven track record of coordinating events throughout the region. Ms. Franco has managed and collaborated with executives on national and international scale exhibitions and projects. Ms. Franco also previously worked with recognized art organizations such as the Tom Lea Institute, Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, and the El Paso Museum of Art. Ms. Franco currently serves as the CEO of Wondor.
Donald Bruce Crawford
Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee
Graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelors in Business Administration. Mr. Crawford is a Vietnam Veteran and proudly served our country in Aviation in the United States Navy from 1967 to 1970. He volunteers in multiple associations such as the Junior Achievers, Master Mason (Scottish Rite, York Rite, Red Cross) and the Neighborhood Watch. He is the former President of El Paso Security Association.
Animal Shelter Advisory Committee
Retired after 36 years in Manufacturing and Engineering Operations. He graduated from Illinois State University in 1976. He served in the United States Air Force from 1965 to 1969. Has worked in various areas of animal welfare over the last 5 years. Part of a Lean Six Sigma team at Animal Services working to improve capacity and operations to assist with increasing throughput and the live release rate. He is president of El Paso Citizens for Shelter Reform and they have worked hard to be a partner with El Paso Animal Services and he is committed to animal welfare and reaching our goal of a 90% live release rate in El Paso.
Civil Service Commission
Leticia Arreola serves as the Corporate Director of Human Resources at Esperanto Developments -a Hospitality Management company. In this role, Leticia has responsibility for employee relations, talent management, benefits administration as well as offering training to over 800 employees across Texas. Prior to joining Esperanto Developments, she worked at Raytheon as an HR Generalist and FedEx Ground as a Human Resources Field Manager. Leticia graduated from the University of Phoenix. Leticia is also a member of the Women’s Lion Club.
Paulina Lagos, AIA, LEED AP
Building and Standards Commission
Paulina Lagos received her Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin and her Master of Science in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Architecture History & Theory. She currently serves on the board of the American Institute of Architects El Paso Chapter and is a practicing architect at Exigo Architecture. Paulina has worked on several projects for the City of El Paso and is committed to improving the quality of life of all El Pasoans through design.
Committee on Border Relations
Mario is the Director of Binational Affairs with the El Paso Community Foundation since October 2016 and founder of USMXS, a binational business development consultancy firm that focuses on the United States - Mexico energy trade and logistics. He has lived, studied, volunteered and worked on both sides of the El Paso – Ciudad Juarez border. He obtained a Bachelor in Business Administration at the University of Texas at El Paso in 2004, and has worked with transnational companies such as GE and Sumitomo; he owned a successful business in downtown El Paso until 2012. He was part of Congressman Beto O’Rourke’s team since he took office in 2013 where his areas of responsibility were United States - Mexico binational affairs and U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of Justice and Department of Commerce affairs. He has been married to his wife Mariela Díaz since 2012; Mariela is a kindergarten teacher at Polk elementary and a UTEP graduate as well.
Fair Housing Task Force
Since 2013, Mr. Coon has been the President and CEO of the YMCA of El Paso, where he also served as Executive Director for five years. His career history includes executive or leadership positions for the following organizations: Boys and Girls Clubs of El Paso, Goodwill Industries of El Paso, Candlelighters of the El Paso Area, the Central YMCA, and the American Heart Association. Mr. Coon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Southwest Oklahoma State University. He also serves the Sun Bowl Association as a Board Member and on several committees.
Gabriel S. Perez
Bicycle Advisory Committee
Mr. Perez is currently in private practice as a partner in the firm of Ortega, McGlashan, Hicks & Perez, PLLC, specializing in civil litigation. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Texas Tech School of Law, and his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Texas at El Paso. He attended High School in San Diego, California. He is currently licensed in the States of Texas and New Mexico, where he has significant trial experience. In addition to trial preparation, his current job responsibilities include representing various corporate entities as well as private entities in all aspects of the civil litigation process in the States of Texas and New Mexico. After his hearings are over, his day continues. He has remained on staff as an adjunct faculty member at the El Paso Community College for several years now. He has taught classes in the areas of criminal justice, statistics, and information technology.
Regional Renewable Energy Advisory Council
Alberto is currently the Information Technology Manager for Workforce Solutions Borderplex a non-profit agency that serves a six-county region for West Texas. Albert as his friends call him has a strong background in Information Systems and is very engaged with helping El Paso youth connect with the internet of things. He has a bachelors from the University of Texas at El Paso in Information Systems, Computer/Information Technology Administration, and Management. He is a graduate of Leadership El Paso Class 39 and serves as a committee member for the STEAM Leaders Committee.
Historic Landmark Commission
Robert Palacios is the Vice President of Strategic Planning at the Borderplex Alliance, an economic development organization for the El Paso/ Cd. Juárez/ Las Cruces region. He is in charge of the implementation of economic development initiatives outlined in the Borderplex 2020 regional strategic plan. Prior to joining the Borderplex Alliance, Robert was a Fellow with Venture for America,a nationwide program that places recent college graduates at positions in high-potential startup companies. His other involvements include serving on the Grants Committee for the El Paso Downtown Management District, the Advisory Board for United Way RISE, and the Board of the Oberlin Latino Alumni Association. Robert is passionate about historic preservation and has restored two historic homes in the Sunset Heights neighborhood. He is a native of El Paso and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College.
Community Development Steering Committee
Frances Bernal is a retired educator who taught in both the private and public school systems in El Paso for over 23 years. In YISD, Frances was a bilingual educator and later served as a Literacy Leader. She is a proud graduate of UTEP and hold certifications in Bilingual Education and Kindergarten endorsement. An active member of the community, Frances is President of the Valley View / Cresthill Neighborhood Association, a Board Member for the League of Women Voters, a volunteer for the Opportunity Center for the Homeless and a volunteer driver for the Annunciation House. Frances currently works part-time in the Gadsden ISD, testing language proficiency for new student arrivals.
Greater El Paso Civic, Convention and Tourism Advisory Board
Katie Scott was born and raised in El Paso Texas. She graduated from Coronado High School and received her bachelors degree in Communication Studies from Texas State University in San Marcos Texas. After graduating from college Katie moved back to El Paso where she currently resides. Katie has worked at City Hall and has worked on many political campaigns for El Paso candidates. She started her marketing company View from the Top Marketing in 2016 where she strategically puts together a customized marketing plan to promote and build her clients businesses while building their company brand and rapport. Katies travels have led her to the Great Wall China, the Pyramids of Giza and the tallest building in the world in Dubai. She truly believes that travel is knowledge and loves learning about different cultures, their traditions and surrounding herself with a multicultural environment. Katie is also very involved in the El Paso community. She has used her marketing company to create fundraisers benefiting many El Paso charities and causes. She is excited about El Paso’s future for herself and her family. She believes that El Paso tourism is so important to market properly and efficiently in order to make El Paso a popular destination. With a strong emphasis on tourism, she believes El Paso will have many more opportunities for her community, and the future.
City Plan Commission
A native of El Paso Texas, Sam attended the University of Texas at El Paso, graduating with honors in 2007. Upon graduating from UTEP, Sam entered the world of real estate where he has since focused in various areas gathering a solid base knowledge on many aspects of the industry including title & escrow, residential, commercial and industrial real estate and various others areas of the field. He has spoken throughout the state of Texas, around the country and south of the border to sold out audiences on topics varying from leveraging social media to grow business to regulatory impacts of Dodd-Frank on the mortgage and larger real estate industry. Whether brainstorming with a group of 5 people or speaking to a crowd of 3000, Sam brings the same energy, passion and motivation that has helped propel him from “new kid on the block” to “industry expert.” Sam is a graduate of Leadership El Paso- Class 38 (The Best Class Ever) and serves on various boards including the Rotary Club of El Paso and the El Paso Central Appraisal District.