Beginning her career in South Texas more than 30 years ago, Debbie has extensive knowledge and experience working with government as well as issues related to retail, development, construction, and workforce. She served in numerous roles with the City of Corpus Christi including that of Chief of Staff for Mayor Mary Rhodes. Following her work with the City, she went to work for Texas’ premiere grocery retailer, H-E-B, as Director for Public Affairs for South Texas. Her primary focus was developing external communications and community engagement strategies. After her work with HEB, she served on the Corpus Christi City Council.
In addition to serving on the Corpus Christi City Council and a number of roles with city agencies, Debbie has served in a variety of civic leadership roles in the region. Some of these roles include serving as a Board Member of the Corpus Christi Business and Jobs Development Corporation, a Steering Team Member for the Bold Future for the Coastal Bend, a Board Member of the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce, Chair and Board Member of the United Way of the Coastal Bend and Chair and Board Member of the American Heart Association. She is a graduate of Leadership Corpus Christi and Leadership Texas. Debbie is recognized for her innovation, perception, and her ability to work well with diverse, multi-stakeholder groups. Her strengths include outreach activities, strategic planning and communications consulting.
Debbie earned an MBA from Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi and a BS in Marketing from Louisiana State University-Shreveport.
A few of my favorite things: Engaging, lively discussions, working on transformative projects, mentoring entrepreneurs, delicious meals with friends and family, and giving a great speech.