SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg has named Olivia Travieso to Port San Antonio's 11-member Board of Directors.
Travieso is a partner and co-founder of OCI Group, a San Antonio-based firm that provides an array of government relations and public affairs services to private, nonprofit and public sector entities in Texas and Mexico. Her portfolio at OCI Group includes advancing public policy, community engagement, capacity-building and governance initiatives on behalf of clients. In 2020, she and her partners founded OCI Development, a real estate development firm focused on achieving meaningful social impact by providing high quality affordable housing across Texas.
Education has been among the priorities at the forefront of Travieso's community involvement. For nearly 20 years she has worked with hundreds of high school students through the National Hispanic Institute, which provides rigorous learning experiences for high-achieving youth aspiring to assume civic leadership roles. She has led several NHI leadership programs that engage thousands of students a year at universities across the U.S. and Mexico.
Her community engagement includes past service as an Executive Board Member of the Maestro Entrepreneurship Center, in partnership with the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She's also a Founding Executive Board Member of the San Antonio Chapter of the New Leaders Council and the group's Advisory Board.
Currently, she serves on the City of San Antonio's Executive Committee for the Aspen Institute Latino and Society Program's inaugural City Learning and Action Lab, which supports small businesses and entrepreneurs within predominantly Latino communities across the U.S. She's also a board member of San Antonio Latinitas, a nonprofit that empowers girls to innovate through media and technology, and is on the Bexar County Education Coalition Board of Directors, which seeks to influence education policy at the state level.
Travieso received her undergraduate degree from Southwestern University. She also earned a Master of Public Affairs degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School at the University of Texas at Austin, including completion of a portfolio program on nonprofit studies through the LBJ School's RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service.
"Olivia's wide range of experience and longstanding dedication to community development and education will be great assets to the Port's board as it embarks on an ever-growing mission to create opportunities for San Antonians," said Mayor Nirenberg. "As one of our community's and our nation's fastest-growing technology innovation hubs, the Port can count on her deep wells of knowledge and tireless dedication to her community to achieve ever-greater successes."
"We're excited to have a new colleague who not only has an impressive professional and academic background, but also a demonstrated commitment and longstanding record of accomplishment to support others in her community and beyond," said Port San Antonio Board Chair Margaret Wilson-Anaglia. "We thank Mayor Nirenberg for adding a strong and multi-talented advocate to our Board, and we look forward to working hand-in-hand with Olivia as we continue to grow the Port into a very special place where families from across our region are building their futures."
"I'm honored to join an esteemed Board that is driving an exciting and transformative record of success for our community," said Travieso. "As a Latina small business owner, I look forward to working alongside my colleagues to continue executing on the Port's bold vision to open doors of educational, career and entrepreneurial opportunities across our region and to serve as a national model for innovative economic growth in many of the world's leading advanced technologies."