Judy Treviño Credit: Courtesy / Judy Treviño

Gov. Greg Abbott named Judy Treviño, a graduate of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s first Latina Leadership Institute cohort, to the Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board on Oct. 8.

Treviño’s appointment will last until Feb. 1, 2021 and she will oversee the Texas Tuition Promise Fund and the Texas College Savings Plan, two programs that help families contribute advanced payments toward tuition and fees at Texas public colleges or universities.

The San Antonian serves as executive director of CCVI Ministries and is a board member of the Texas A&M-San Antonio Board Foundation, City of San Antonio Audit Committee, and Make a Wish Foundation.

She was a member of the first class of the Latina Leadership Institute, which was founded in 2015 to encourage more women to pursue leadership roles. The institute lasts six months and emphasizes getting more women to run for office, sit on boards and commissions, and obtain appointed positions.

“Judy Treviño’s appointment is another great example of our Latinos Are Leaders effort to showcase how Hispanics are talented, intelligent, and shaping the future of Texas,” Hispanic Chamber Chairwoman Erika Prosper said. “In my current position with the chamber and having served as one of the past chairs of the Latina Leadership Institute, this appointment is especially important for San Antonio women to see how they are ready to lead at all levels of government, boards, and commissions.”

After graduating from the institute, Treviño made it her goal to obtain a statewide board position. With Abbott’s appointment, Treviño is the first graduate of the leadership institute to serve on a state board.

Treviño chose to apply for a position on the Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board because of her background in education and her own participation in the programs for her children.

“I think as women we tend to think we are not ready in comparison to men who think if there are 10 requirements, even if they don’t have five, they’ll do it anyway,” Treviño said. “The [leadership institute] taught me to say I can do it.”

Emily Donaldson

Emily Donaldson reports on education for the San Antonio Report.