Everyone at the Rivard 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.
John “Chico” Newman Jr., Chairman
John “Chico” Newman Jr. is an investor and president of the John and Florence Newman Family Foundation. Over the years, Chico and his wife Ann have supported a wide range of education, literacy, community health and neighborhood nonprofits. They also have a long history of supporting nonprofit media, including the Washington D.C.-based Center for Public Integrity, where Chico served on the board from 2004-2010; the Austin-based Texas Tribune; Texas Public Radio, where Ann previously served as a board member; and KLRN-TV, the public television station in San Antonio.
Wayne Alexander, Vice Chair
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.
Angie Mock, Treasurer
Angie assumed the role of CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio in 2011. Under her leadership, the Clubs have tripled in size, serving almost 8,000 youth per year at six clubhouses and 38 school-based sites. Her career encompasses a wide variety of disciplines including marketing, operations, finance and human resources. Angie was owner and CEO of Flagstone Hospitality Management. Under her leadership, Flagstone managed 53 hotels in 26 states with over 3,000 employees. Brands under management included Sheraton, Hilton, Residence Inns by Marriott, Hampton Inns, and Courtyard by Marriott. A Tennessee native, Angie and her family have called San Antonio home since 2003.
Robert Rivard, Secretary
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.
Laura Saldivar Luna, Director
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.
Kate Rogers, Director
Kate Rogers brings more than 25 years of experience in public relations, community engagement and nonprofit leadership to her work at the Charles Butt Foundation where she leads efforts to support and improve the quality of public education offered to all Bexar County students. This follows 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.”
Brian Steward, Director
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.
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Former Board Members
Richard T. Schlosberg III, Founding Chairman
Lew Moorman, Founding Treasurer
Katy Flato, Founding Director