The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the Co-Chairs of the 2018 class of Leadership San Antonio (LSA) are Casandra Matej, President and CEO of Visit San Antonio and Denise Rodriguez-Hernandez, Vice President of Development for True Flavors Catering. LSA Class 43 is also currently accepting applications from previous LSA participants to serve on next year’s steering committee. Former LSA graduates may apply here.
Since 1975, LSA has long 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 Carlos Treviño; Councilman 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!
“I still regard my tenure in Leadership San Antonio, Class 39, as an impactful part of my professional development,” said Matej. “To invest that time with peers and influencers resulted in a period of growth that was invaluable for me – and resulted in a deeper understanding of the variety of industry sectors and city initiatives. To have the opportunity to co-chair Leadership San Antonio is an incredible honor, and I look forward to serving some of San Antonio’s brightest minds that will mold the future of this wonderful 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.
“I’ve been in the service industry for more than 25 years and have a profound passion for leadership and our community. I am immeasurably honored to serve as the LSA 43 co-chair alongside my friend Casandra Matej,” said Rodriguez-Hernandez. “As we commemorate our historical 300 years in 2018, we look forward to our future and feel grateful for our past. We will work to serve our community by forming an effective class that will inspire, protect and lead us into the next 300 years. It is without a doubt that the programs and support that the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber provides has helped shape me into the community leader I am today.”