SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - The Port San Antonio Board of Directors continues to add seasoned professionals from throughout the community to its ranks. The Board oversees the organization’s strategic vision—important plans to grow as a center of technology where key employers in the region, particularly in the aerospace, cybersecurity, defense and applied technology sectors, can continue to grow and create good-paying jobs. The 11-member Board is appointed by the San Antonio City Council.
Maria Luisa Alvarado, a retired military veteran who has led numerous public health efforts, is the new appointee of San Antonio District 3 City Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran. Meanwhile, San Antonio District 6 City Councilman Greg Brockhouse has appointed local real estate and business attorney Brad Carson.
“The diversity of experiences among my colleagues and a shared passion for serving our community by creating important opportunities for families drive our work,” said Board Chair Chris Alderete. “Councilmembers Viagran and Brockhouse have given us two great additions as we continue executing on our strategic vision. My Board colleagues and I look forward to adding their voices as we continue to take bold steps and grow a place where generations of San Antonians are already building their futures.”
Alvarado’s career includes over 20 years of military service, beginning with six years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force. She continued her military career in the Texas Air National Guard, from which she retired in 1997 with the rank of Master Sergeant. During that period, she oversaw the certification of various aircraft and supported maintenance of F-4 Phantom fighters. Additionally, she worked in several public affairs capacities, including illustrator and photographer.
Her civilian career has spanned many endeavors advancing public health and community well-being. She has overseen several research initiatives addressing veterans’ healthcare, violence against women and substance abuse. Institutions she’s served in these efforts include the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Texas at San Antonio Health Science Center.
She has also worked extensively as a community volunteer, including as a co-founder and past president of the Hot Wells Neighborhood Association and serving on the City’s Zoning Commission as the appointee of City Council District 3.
Alvarado holds an undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is pursuing a master’s degree in the same discipline.
“Maria Luisa is an inspiration to our community. With her incredible talents and experience I am certain she will serve the Port very well as the organization continues to drive important sectors of our economy,” said Councilwoman Viagran. “The Port holds an important role in our region and has done tremendous work in recent months, with even bigger plans ahead. Having strong female leadership is a necessity. Maria’s longstanding record of service to our nation and our community, and her boundless energy, make her a great fit.”
“I’m honored to be part of the team that is on the leading edge of growing San Antonio’s economy by supporting industries that are propelling us and upcoming generations toward bright futures,” said Alvarado. “I look forward to collaborating with my fellow board members as we tackle ambitious projects ahead.”
District 6 appointee Brad Carson is an attorney with longstanding experience in San Antonio’s business community. He is a founding partner of Kruger Carson PLLC, a full-service commercial real estate and business law firm. His areas of practice include capital transactions, commercial real estate development and operations, finance, renewable energy, and general business transactions.
Carson has been active in helping to shape the city’s future and has previously served as a member of the city’s Planning Commission.
Carson is an active member in several professional and community associations, including the Real Estate Council of San Antonio, in which he serves as an officer, the Urban Land Institute, CCIM, the Downtown Alliance of San Antonio, and the U.S. Green Building Council. He has also been a guest lecturer for multiple courses within UTSA’s Real Estate Finance and Development Program and other programs hosted by the Texas Bar.
He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and earned his law degree from Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Herbert Law Center.
“Brad has a longstanding record of using his vast experience in serving the City of San Antonio,” said Councilman Brockhouse. “His bright legal mind, professional talents, and experience from business sectors will be essential to the continued success of the Port—one of our community’s growing platforms for economic growth.”
“This is an exciting time to be in San Antonio and a key moment to be a member of the Port’s Board of Directors,” Carson said. “I’ve been impressed by the results that my new colleagues have achieved in recent months. I look forward to contributing to the organization’s vision for the Port.”