Board of Directors
Everyone at the San Antonio Report shares this commitment
We want to be the leading media platform that informs, connects and engages the people of San Antonio with important and interesting trusted news and commentary. We want to help build a better informed, better educated and more prosperous community, a San Antonio that our children and talented people from elsewhere see as a great place to live, work and play.
We can’t do it alone. Meet our strong, tested, committed board of directors.
A.J. Rodriguez joined Texas 2036 in September 2020 as Executive Vice President. Texas 2036, a nonprofit, apolitical organization endeavors to make Texas a better place to live and work by the state’s bicentennial.
Most recently, A.J. was Vice President of External Affairs and served on the Executive Leadership Team of Zachry Group, a privately held business engaged primarily in the engineering, construction, and maintenance of large industrial facilities. He began at Zachry in 2011 and oversaw the organization’s community investment and philanthropic efforts, media relations, and government affairs.
A.J. served as Deputy City Manager for the City of San Antonio from 2008-2011. He had direct supervision over the areas of International Relations, Economic Development, Intergovernmental Relations, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Human Resources, Downtown Operations, the Public Library, the Office of Cultural Affairs and the Parks and Recreation Department.
Before joining the City, A.J. served as President & CEO of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. During his four-year tenure, the Hispanic Chamber doubled its membership base and grew its total revenue by 60+ percent. He also served as Vice President at the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.
In 2015, A.J. began a five-year term as an officer of the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Business and was unanimously endorsed to serve as Chairman of the Board in 2018. He is proud to have served as the organization’s first Latino chairman.
A.J. earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree specializing in International Business, and a Master of Business Administration degree from UTSA. A.J. and his wife Estelle have three children, Alexandra, Arthur John, and Isabella.
VICE CHAIR & TREASURER
Wayne Alexander is the retired president of SBC Southwestern Bell. He held previous senior leadership positions in marketing, sales, network operations, international, government relations and regulatory with various entities that later became AT&T in Washington D.C., San Francisco, Santiago, and Houston before settling in San Antonio. Among his current responsibilities, he is the chairman of the Southwest Research Institute, serves at a trustee of Missouri University of Science and Technology, and is Vice Chairman of Liftfund.
Laura Saldivar Luna
Laura Saldivar Luna is the Chief People Officer of Teach For America. Prior to her role as CPO, Laura was the founding as executive director of Teach For America in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas.
Laura earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University where she graduated magna cum laude with dual degrees in English and Spanish.
She is a 2018 Pahara Fellow and a member of the Apsen Global Leadership Network. She and her husband, David, are proud alumni of public schools in San Antonio’s urban core, and they live in the same neighborhood where they were raised. They have two young children, Paloma and Lucas, and a Welsh corgi named Charlie.
Robert Rivard is an award-winning journalist who has worked for five Texas newspapers, serving as executive editor of the San Antonio Express-News from 1997 to 2011. He served as Newsweek magazine’s global chief of correspondents, overseeing reporters in 35 domestic and foreign news bureaus, from 1985-89. Before then, he served as the magazine’s Central American correspondent covering the region’s civil wars. He is the author of Trail of Feathers, the nonfiction account of the disappearance and murder of Express-News journalist Philip True in Mexico. Bob and his wife Monika founded the Rivard Report in 2012.
Brian C. Steward is a board certified trial attorney with the Law Firm of Brian C. Steward, P.L.L.C. A native San Antonian, Brian attended Duke University before returning home for law school and a career in civil litigation. Over the course of thirty years, he has handled complex civil litigation in Texas, Louisiana, New Jersey and New Mexico. Currently, he serves as a member of the board of the San Antonio Zoological Society and a member of the Executive Committee of Planned Parenthood of South Texas.
Brian and his wife Hannah are proud supporters of public and private education in San Antonio. Grace Steward, who is heading into kindergarten, is the unofficial leader of the Steward family.
Kate Rogers is the former vice president of community outreach and engagement for the Charles Butt Foundation, where she led efforts to support and improve the quality of public education offered to all Bexar County students. This followed 18 years in corporate communications at H-E-B where she earned a reputation for creating programs that positively impact the organization and its community, from an employee stock program to an early literacy program and the state’s largest monetary awards program for public school professionals.
Kate founded SA Works and a network of career-themed high schools known as the Centers for Applied Science and Technology (CAST) with the goal of building stronger partnerships with industry and the local school community. Most recently, Kate served as the founding President of the Holdsworth Center, a leadership institute for school administrators. When she is not working, you can find her cheering on her two sons at their favorite sporting events or sweating it out in the hot yoga room, her “ultimate stress relief.”
Dr. Erika Gonzalez
CEO, President, & Co-Founder of South Texas Allergy and Asthma Medical Professionals (STAAMP) and STAAMP Clinical Research and Chair, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Before opening her own business, Dr. Gonzalez served 10 years in the United States Air Force. After being honorably discharged at the rank of Major with the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation medal, she returned to her hometown of San Antonio and has been actively involved as a business owner and community leader. Among many boards and advisory posts, Dr. Gonzalez chairs the Mayor’s Commission on Status of Women, is Chairwoman for the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, is on the Board of Directors for Latino Victory Project, and was selected as a 2019 Presidential Leadership Scholar. Through her volunteer efforts, she works to decrease healthcare disparities and increase access to quality medical care.
Dr. Gonzalez is the mother of two young boys and considers this her most important role. She is committed to teaching her boys the value of service to the community and integrity in all they do.
Cara Nichols served as Director of Community Affairs at Rackspace from 2010-2019. In this role, she had the unique opportunity to give back to the communities where the company operates and manage the company’s involvement in civic, nonprofit and community initiatives. Cara currently serves on the board of the Rackspace Foundation, a 100% employee-funded nonprofit that supports out-of-school programs in the adopted schools around Rackspace’s corporate headquarters in San Antonio, TX. Before her time at Rackspace, Nichols was the editor of a high-end lifestyle magazine, and prior to that she was an elementary teacher. She is currently working on her first book.
Former Board Members
Richard T. Schlosberg III, Founding Chairman
John “Chico” Newman, Jr., Former Chairman
Lew Moorman, Founding Treasurer
Katy Flato, Founding Director