Beto Altamirano joins the Board of Directors.
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, continue to grow. Thanks to this strategic blueprint, dubbed Tech Port, the organization has helped create nearly 5,000 advanced technology jobs on the campus since 2017.
The 11-member Board is appointed by the San Antonio City Council.
Beto Altamirano, appointed by District 1 Councilman Roberto Treviño, brings additional experience in public and urban affairs—as well as business expertise in the creation of disruptive technologies—to his new role.
As a community asset, it is essential that those leading the Port’s work bring perspectives from across the region.” Said Board Chair Chris Alderete. “Beto Altamirano brings us additional energy, talent and bench strength in several important areas as we advance our mission to create a place for building futures for all people.
“Beto’s deep understanding of our community’s needs, coupled with his many strengths as a tech innovator and expansive thinker, make him a terrific choice in helping steer one of our region’s biggest economic engines,” said Councilman Treviño. “His keen understanding of how new technologies can be applied to transform systems and improve lives will help contribute to the Port’s ongoing success as a national model for innovation.”
“This is an great time to be a San Antonian, and the Port is truly growing a place that is allowing people across our region to be part of an exciting future with a global impact,” said Altamirano. “I’m honored to have been entrusted to serve on this Board, and I look forward to do my part to advance this team’s inspiring mission and record of success to even greater heights.”
Altamirano is the CEO and Co-founder of Irys, a company building AI-driven tools that engage communities to bring real-time visibility and data analytics for urban stakeholders. His interest in public policy has led him to work at the Texas House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the White House’s U.S. Trade Representative’s office (USTR) and the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).
His involvement in public policy was recognized by the Aspen Institute’s Latinos and Society program as well as the Center for Urban Innovation, where he also serves as a scholar, co-authoring reports highlighting the Millennial civic potential.
He is a MacArthur Foundation Grant recipient, a member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur list, World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and an American Express-Ashoka Emerging Innovator.
Altamirano holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently earning a mid-career Master's in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School as a Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs' Charles Edison Fellow.