LSA2020 class


Leadership San Antonio ( welcomed 57 community leaders that spanned across CEOs, Vice Presidents, Assistant Professors, and Military officers.  LSA2020, as it has been uniquely branded for this year, aligned on impacting the San Antonio community through its objectives of legacy, service, and action with activities focused on health, education, military, workforce development, and transportation.

“I am excited to expand our network of leaders in San Antonio,” says Brian Hurtak, AVP at USAA and co-chair for this years’ class.  “Our commitment to collaborating with LSA alumni, elevating the LSA brand, and gaining insight from present and future decision-makers in both the public and private sectors will better prepare the class to lead San Antonio into the future by using their broader understanding of our diverse community.”

The weekend retreat hosted San Antonio based special guests Debra Guerrero (VP of Governmental Affairs at The NRP Group, LSA 25), Casandra Matej (President & CEO at Visit San Antonio, LSA 39), Brandon Logan (CEO of Urban Capital Partners, LSA 36), Dr. Robert Garza (President of Alamo Colleges) and closed with a moving keynote conversation featuring Louise Locker (Class 25), better known as “Elf Louise”.

“Impressed by this weekend as it was a clear indication of the strong solidarity our LSA2020 class and steering committee have conquered…quality conversations of the challenges our city meets, the legacy they wish to leave as a class, as well as, the service and action they will take for a better and stronger San Antonio,” says Cristina Bazaldua, Corporate Social Responsibility & Community Empowerment Director at Univision Communications, Inc. and co-chair for this year’s class when asked about the retreat.

“LSA2020 has an exciting year ahead of it as both The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce look forward to idea implementation and open lines of communication through their presidents and chairs” commented Diane S. Sánchez, President, and CEO of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  “It is exciting to know that a focus on a deeper understanding of what chambers do and continued engagement beyond is a priority,” said Richard Perez, President, and CEO of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.  Both Diane and Richard spoke at the opening ceremony in October 2019, as well as the welcome dinner sponsored by Broadway Bank and Toyota this January.

Support and partnership opportunities for Leadership San Antonio are always available through corporate and individual donations of time, talent, and treasure.  For specific sponsorship details, please contact Lori Stinson at

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Dear LSA Family,

We hope you and your families are remaining healthy and safe. During these past two months our great city has taken many necessary measures to ensure that our community stays safe and slows the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing measures that help to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus has greatly impacted our businesses, our schools, our families. We are all finding new ways to stay engaged, stay productive, and stay connected while supporting and rallying behind many of our LSA family who are struggling in our hotel, restaurant, tourism and travel industries, small business and non-profit sectors, as well as many others who have been professionally and personally affected.

With that said, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce have agreed to continue LSA 45 (aka LSA 2020) into 2021, modifying our current class days using creative shortened virtual programs, challenging each other to serve the community and buy local, and to focus on the way ahead into next year. During these unprecedented times, our priorities are to ensure our businesses and families are safe and supported. We are challenged to improve ways that LSA can directly impact our neighbors and our community. In January 2021, we will reconnect to carry on the traditional mission of the program through full LSA class days – to educate and inform class members in the vital areas affecting San Antonio, as well as to encourage Chamber Business involvement and Community advocacy.

We find the COVID-19 challenges as a unique opportunity to leave a Legacy through Service and Action for our current class.

We look forward to seeing what LSA 45 can accomplish and we stand with you! We thank you for your continued commitment, leadership, and support to our great city!

We are all in this together!

Cristina J. Bazaldúa and Brian Hurtak
LSA 45 Co-Chairs