The Dean’s Community Lecture Series will provide valuable opportunities for current students and community members to become connected with the leaders of today.
The vision of the Dean’s Community Lecture Series is to engage students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners in developing future leaders in our community. Our lecture series will bring leaders from San Antonio and beyond to campus to talk about the latest developments in their fields, traits for success and how to make a meaningful impact in today’s community.
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
UTSA Downtown Campus
Aula Canaria Auditorium
Jeff Coyle, Assistant City Manager – City of San Antonio
In this role, Coyle oversees the Aviation, 311 and Government and Public Affairs (GPA) departments. Previously he directed GPA, where he served as the City’s chief lobbyist and spokesperson, responsible for state and federal legislative affairs and strategic communications and media relations. He also oversaw Military Affairs, Open Records, Government Access and Public Access television stations and the San Antonio.gov website. He was named Alumnus of the Year by the University of Texas at San Antonio’s College of Public Policy in 2017.
Prior to joining the City in 2013, Jeff directed public affairs and government relations for KGBTexas Communications, where he represented a wide range of public and private sector clients at the local, state and federal levels. In 2012, he led a team that helped win voter approval of Mayor Castro’s Pre-K 4 SA initiative and the City of San Antonio $596 million Bond Program. Jeff’s other previous work includes development of the San Antonio Public Library Strategic Plan, San Antonio International Airport Master Plan and the Museum Reach of the San Antonio River Improvements Project. He was named one of the San Antonio Business Journal’s “40 under 40 Rising Stars” in 2011.
Tommy Calvert, Bexar County Commissioner, Precinct 4 – City of San Antonio
Calvert was elected in 2014 and is one of five chief executives of county government. He is the youngest and first African-American County Commissioner in Bexar County. He represents over 500,000 residents in Precinct 4 of the 2 million who call Bexar County home. Precinct 4 stretches from Cibolo in the northeast, south to Elmendorf, downtown to the Alamo to IH-10 and Hildebrand to Beacon Hill, and the entire eastern portion of the county.
Commissioner Calvert saved Randolph Air Force Base from closure as chairman of the Randolph Joint Land Use Committee. He negotiated consensus between the Air Force, property owners, political leaders, and developers to stop the encroachment of housing around Randolph. Working in collaboration with Randolph AFB and the Governor, he secured nearly $10 million dollars to purchase properties around Randolph that will further its training mission. He has served as the honorary civilian commander of the 12th Flying Wing of the US Air Force, the Honorary Civilian Commander of the 433rd Flying Wing of the U.S. Air Force, attended the Air Force War College National Security Forum for Civilians, and even flown a T38 fighter jet. Because of his work, General Isler assisted Commissioner Calvert into the National Committee for U.S.-China Relations Young Leaders forum, which is the “40 under 40” for the United States and China.
Adriana Rocha Garcia, Councilwoman – District 4, City of San Antonio
A life-long resident of San Antonio, Adriana Rocha Garcia, Ph.D. was raised in and continues to call Southwest San Antonio home. Dr. Garcia has a passion for working with organizations that help San Antonio’s most underrepresented demographics. Raised in a Spanish-speaking household to parents with a first and second grade Mexican education, she became the first in her family to earn a college degree.
Throughout her career, Dr. Garcia has held various administrative and consulting communications and marketing positions in organizations like SAMMinistries Furniture for A Cause, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the City of San Antonio, Southwest ISD, and Project QUEST. Today, Dr. Garcia is molding tomorrow’s leaders as an Assistant Marketing Professor at Our Lady of the Lake University, where she teaches marketing in the School of Business and Leadership, and is a past recipient of the 1895 Commencement Award for Faculty Excellence.
Moderated by Drew Galloway, Founder and Executive Director – BRIDGE Movement
Drew Galloway is the Founder and Executive Director of Building Resourced Infrastructure for Diverse Grassroots Engagement (BRIDGE), a democracy and justice accelerator, incubator, and leadership lab building progressive power across Texas. As one of the nation’s first and only dedicated-funding accelerators for startup social justice nonprofit organizations, BRIDGE strengthens grassroots programs and civic leaders from the ground up.
Prior to BRIDGE, Drew was the Executive Director of MOVE Texas, where he scaled the organization into a nationally recognized youth organizing powerhouse. He has also served at The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at The University of Texas at Austin and The White House.
**Join us before the lecture series for an MPA prospective student mixer! Registration is not required for the mixer.**
MPA Round Table Discussion
Meeting Assembly Room (BV 1.338)
4:00 pm-5:00 pm
Evidence-based policymaking: What’s all the Buzz about?
On Feb. 22, an esteemed panel of guests joined President Taylor Eighmy and discussed research and policymaking in the City of San Antonio. Couldn’t make the event? Watch the video below.
The overall mission of the Lecture Series aims to foster the natural leadership abilities of students while discussing critical topics in our community. The one-hour lecture sessions will include brief remarks from an invited speaker with a distinguished career. The series provides an opportunity for engagement with CEOs, VPs, founders, activists, government, non-profit and community leaders at least 8 times each year.
After learning about the speaker’s professional pathway and the traits that allowed them to succeed, an interactive session will follow for the audience to ask questions and discuss topics. The goals are to create career preparedness, critical thinking and funding pathways for the College and beyond.
The Series is offered monthly. If you have a suggested topic or would like be to be involved in future lectures, please contact Lisa Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org.