Human-centric economic development in cities requires a multifaceted approach from municipal, utility, business, and foundation leaders who all share a role in comprehensive workforce and economic development. What steps should community leaders be taking today to build vibrant and inclusive economy?
The Heart of a Community - Economic and Workforce Development
Frank Almaraz oversees CPS Energy’s Compliance & Ethics, People & Culture, Business & Economic Development, Supply Chain and Facilities functions. Previously, he has held the positions of Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations, Interim Group Executive Vice President, Treasurer & Shared Services Lead and Vice President of Energy Supply and Market Operations.
He has led the execution of several key initiatives including the acquisition of an 800MW natural gas combined cycle power plant, negotiation of a complex 25-year 400MW solar PPA and an agreement to deploy advanced metering infrastructure to the CPS Energy gas and electric systems. Frank is also on the Boards of Directors of the American Gas Association, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the DoSeum, San Antonio’s Museum for Kids.
He joined CPS Energy in 2011 as Senior Director of Energy Strategy and Planning after serving in various executive roles at Energy Future Holdings in Dallas.
Almaraz has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.
David assumed the role of President and CEO of Project QUEST in June 2017. QUEST is a non-profit organization and workforce development resource. It provides comprehensive support to enable underemployed and unemployed adults achieve long term employment. David is responsible for the strategy and all aspects of QUEST program service delivery.
In December of 2016, David retired from USAA, a Fortune 100 Company, after 32 years of exceptional professional achievement including more than 20 years of executive leadership experience leading high- performing teams and implementing strategic business plans.
Upon his retirement, David held the position of Vice President, P&C Staff Operations. His responsibilities included leading the enabling functions of Program and Project Management, Quality Assurance, Supplier Management, Member Feedback and Advocacy, Process Improvement and Change/Communication Services. Previously, David also provided executive oversight to the P&C Limited (LTD) company serving USAA’s members in the UK and Europe.
While at USAA, David served in highly visible executive leadership roles within Human Resources which included Recruiting, Compensation, Diversity and Employee Relations. In addition, he served as the executive leader of USAA’s Workforce and Organizational Planning team. In these roles, David was responsible for leading enterprise wide talent management strategies that aligned to critical business objectives.
David is a 1984 graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio with a degree in Accounting and Business Data Systems. He earned a master’s degree in Computer Information Systems from St. Mary’s University in 1992. He has held the Senior Human Resources Professional (SPHR) designation since 2002.
Michele Boggs joined the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDF) in June 2011. As leader of the Business Development team, Boggs recruits new businesses and retains existing businesses in San Antonio through the Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) Program, designed to assist local companies stay and grow. Since 2011, she has assisted 55 companies to locate or expand in San Antonio, securing more than 12,000 jobs for San Antonians. She is also the SAEDF lead for the recruitment and retention of Life Science companies in San Antonio and is on the board of BioMed SA.
Prior to joining SAEDF, Michele worked as a Research Analyst for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. There she was a contributing author and researcher on various studies including the Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST) and the Texas in Focus series, which analyzed factors affecting the state of Texas’ economy and economic development issues unique to the various regions of the state. Michele holds a Master of Arts Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree from Texas State University.
As Director of Research Programs, Erin Autin manages Zpryme’s research & content team and serves as a client liaison for all research efforts. She also helps develop event and webinar content focused on emerging technologies for utilities and vendors.
Prior to joining Zpryme in 2016, Erin worked at the Texas General Land Office, where she coordinated the U.S. – Mexico Border Energy Forum, an annual bi-national conference focusing on cross-border energy issues.
Erin started her career as a research specialist at RW Armstrong, an engineering and management consulting firm, where she worked on several airport management projects.
Erin holds a Master’s degree in International Business and a B.S. in Business Administration, both from the University of Florida.