The honoree of the San Antonio Movers and Shakers Show, on April 26, 2008 is Alexander E. Briseño, Chairman of the Board, San Antonio Water Systems, and former City Manager, city of San Antonio.
Alex Briseño retired as City Manager of San Antonio in March 2001 after serving almost 11 years in office. As Chief Executive Officer, he managed the administration of a full-service municipal government as directed by City Council and oversaw an annual budget of $1.2 billion. Mr. Briseño supervised the activities of all City departments with 12,000 employees, serving a community of more than 1.1 million residents and 417 square miles. During his tenure as City Manager of San Antonio, Mr. Briseño worked under four different mayors and 39 city council members.
After a national search, Mr. Briseño was appointed City Manager in April 1990. He began his career with the City in 1977 as Assistant to the City Manager and in 1980 became Assistant City Manager, ultimately supervising almost every City department. Prior to joining City government, he earned the rank of Captain while serving in the U.S. Army, including as Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General of the Army Medical Research and Development Command in Washington, D.C.
Since his retirement, Mr. Briseño has been appointed Professor of Public Service in Residence at St. Mary’s University where he teaches graduate courses in Public Administration. In addition, he frequently addresses participants in public and private sector professional development seminars. He also has provided municipal consulting services for Estrada Hinojosa and Co., an investment banking firm, the North American Development Bank, and other clients. Recently, he served short-term appointments as Interim President of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, as the Interim President/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the San Antonio Water System, as Interim President/CEO of the San Antonio Technology Accelerator Initiative (SATAI) Network, and as Interim Executive Director of the Brooks Development Authority. Currently, he is also serving as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the San Antonio Water System and as a member of the Board of Managers for the Bexar County University Health System.
Diploma (with High Honors), Central Catholic High School, 1967
Major in Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1967-69
Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude), Economics, Trinity University, 1971
Master of Arts, Urban Studies, Trinity University, 1973
Elected as a Fellow, National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), 1996-present; International City/County Management Association (ICMA) 1977-present, Executive Board, 1985-87; Texas City Management Association 1977-present, Board of Directors, 1983-84; ICMA Hispanic Network, Past President; ICMA Retirement Trust, Board of Trustees, 1994-1998, Chairman, 1996-97; American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), 2001-present.
Submitted by John Thurman, Broker, Heart of Texas Realty http://www.heartoftexasrealty.com/
Host, San Antonio Movers and Shaker Show with Bjorn Dybdahl, Just Bjorn, www.Bjorns.com