The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Stephanie Reyes has been named Vice President of Public Affairs, where she will be responsible for overseeing the legislative and advocacy efforts of the 122-year-old business organization. She brings nearly a decade of professional management experience and seven years of experience working in local government to the role.
“Since public affairs and advocacy are primary objectives of the San Antonio Chamber, Stephanie is a fantastic addition to our extremely qualified and diverse team,” said Chamber President and CEO Richard Perez. “Because of her experience in both the government and private sector, she is perfectly suited and ready to effectively communicate and advocate for our members’ needs with local, state, and federal government leaders.”
Before joining the Chamber, Reyes served as the Assistant City Manager of the city of Brownsville for two years, and before that, she was the Director of Grant Management and Community Development for Brownsville for five years. One of her more significant accomplishments was the development of the Brownsville Veterans Resource Center (BVRC). The BVRC is a partnership between the City of Brownsville and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs which offers counseling and education services to veterans.
In addition, Reyes successfully secured a Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Lower Rio Grande Valley District Office (LRGVDO) to encourage entrepreneurship and economic empowerment through increased collaboration on entrepreneurial and financial education for local veterans as well as small business owners.
“It is an honor to be selected for this position with the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce,” Reyes said. “I am looking forward to building on the skills I used working in city government while serving and advocating for the needs of the business community.”
Reyes has a Bachelor’s in Communications from UT Brownsville and a Master’s in Public Administration from UT Arlington. She is also a member of the Texas City Managers Association, the Grant Professionals Association, the Alliance for Innovation, the Rio Grande Valley Sustainability Council and the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.
Reyes relocated to San Antonio with her husband Derek and two young children, Jake and Madison, and started her new role at the Chamber on Monday, May 16.