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Board of Directors


Where Passion and Dedication Meet

Our dedicated team of experienced professionals are at the heart of what we do, utilizing their unique skills and passion to move the work of our Non-Profit Organization forward. Without them, Rio Grande Valley Empowerment Zone would not be where it is today. Meet some of our team members below.

Sam Lara

Chief Executive Officer

An invaluable part of the Rio Grande Valley Empowerment Zone staff and leadership, Sam Lara has witnessed the continued evolution of our programs from that start. With extensive experience in both the non-profit and private sectors, Mr. Lara offers a unique skill-set that ensures undeniable impact.


Chief Operating Officer

Words cannot describe the role that Joan has had in ensuring that Rio Grande Valley Empowerment Zone always stays on track. Their continued communication with beneficiaries means that Joan Garza is our greatest asset in listening to the pressing needs of grantees.

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Project Support

Jude assists the Empowerment Zone in most things technical & graphic oriented.



Robert Barbosa is one of our veteran team members and has played a critical role in shaping our operations. They bring their years of experience and skills in helping Rio Grande Valley Empowerment Zone grow and make a measurable impact.

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