The Alamo Management Committee voted Wednesday to name former Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade as its chair.
Andrade also serves as a board member of the Alamo Trust, the Alamo’s nonprofit steward. She’ll be joined by the tri-chair of the Alamo Citizens Advisory Committee Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran (D3), who will serve as vice chair of the committee.
In the Wednesday news release, Andrade said she was “honored” to have been selected to lead the committee. As chair of the Alamo Management Committee, which has oversight of the redevelopment plan, Andrade will oversee meetings of the Executive Committee, the Alamo Advisory Group, and the Alamo Citizens Advisory Committee.
“With the new exhibit in Alamo Plaza, the closure of the road in front of the Church, preservation work in the Church and Long Barrack, the upcoming Collections Building and the Alamo Visitor Center & Museum, all the hard work over the past several years is paying off with an improved experience for visitors,” Andrade said in a statement.
Though the Alamo redevelopment hit fundraising roadblocks last year, the project recently received a commitment of financial support to the tune of $50 million from the state and $25 million from Bexar County, which will be distributed over the course of five years. That funding will go toward the Alamo museum and visitor center in the Historic Woolworth and Crockett buildings downtown, owned by the state General Land Office.
The Alamo Trust oversees fundraising efforts for the redevelopment project and currently plans to raise a total of $150 million; the new Alamo Plaza plan has an estimated price tag of $250 million, Alamo Trust Executive Director Kate Rogers said in May. The new plan also keeps the Cenotaph in its current location, as the Texas Historical Commission voted last September against moving it 500 feet south of where it currently sits.
Viagran, who replaced Councilman Roberto Treviño (D1) on the committee in March, claims Alamo Defender José Toribio Losoya as one of her ancestors. When Mayor Ron Nirenberg appointed her to the committee, he pointed to her familiarity with San Antonio’s other missions, which reside in her district, and her help getting them declared UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2015.
Viagran said Wednesday that she looks forward to working with Andrade to help the Alamo redevelopment progress.
“The stories of the Alamo are an essential part of history not only to Texas and America, but to the entire world,” Viagran said in a statement. “As Vice Chair, I will continue to work diligently to give San Antonians and people from all over the globe the world-class experience they deserve through the Alamo Plan.”
Alamo Trust Executive Director Kate Rogers, the GLO’s Hector Valle and Jeff Gordon, and City Attorney Andy Segovia also serve on the Alamo Management Committee.