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Delicia Herrera

Alamo Colleges
Off-Site Coordinator for the Alamo Colleges Eastside Education and Training Center (EETC)
Delicia Herrera is a lifelong resident of San Antonio, a proud product of the Edgewood community and attended undergraduate and graduate school at St. Mary’s University. She was elected to the San Antonio City Council in 2005 and re-elected in 2007 by the largest margin of any contested Council race.
Delicia joined the Alamo Colleges District Economic and Workforce Development Department in April 2014 at the Westside Education Training Center – the community campus in her neighborhood. On April 2018, she was promoted to the Eastside Education Training Center (EETC) where she coordinates, manages and directs the mission of the campus. The EETC’s mission is to serve the skills training and basic education needs of families that in crisis neighborhoods.
As an owner of a small business, DMH Construction and Professional Services and a small business advocate, Herrera has had success opening doors for small businesses. Prior to her service on the City Council, she was appointed to the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Committee for Small Business, the State of Texas General Services Commission, and Congressman Gonzalez’s Congressional Housing Task Force. She also served on the building committee for the Affordable Parade of Homes in District 6.
Committed to serving her community, Herrera served on the Board of the Edgewood Family Network, currently a board member of the Rape Crisis Center, and the Los Jardines Neighborhood Association. Her civic duties include teaching courses in the community such as What You Need to Know in Order to Protest Your Property Tax Appraisal, preparing students for the US Citizenship exam, continuing to assist former constituents with issues, and is active at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church which is the same parish she was baptized when she was less than a month old.
In 2000, Herrera worked hard to improve the quality of housing for residents of the Mirasol Housing Development bringing residents ‘concerns before the appropriate entities and organizations. Some closure was made in May 2011 when several residents received a settlement from the builder after a decade of unresolved issues.
Herrera’s first term accomplishments include serving an integral role in negotiating the arrival of the Microsoft Corporation in her district, a founding member of the Westside Development Corporation, and crafting a public-private partnership agreement to remove over 200 homes from the flood plain. During her second term, she continued to thrive in her leadership with accomplishments that included securing the highest dollars for projects in the 2007-2012 Bond Program passed by the voters, adding a full time ambulance to service the Westover Hills area which was the fastest growing area during her tenure, taking a proactive approach to the high foreclosures in her area, and traveled to Chennai, India to participate in the signing of the first Sister City Agreement in 25 years. Her list of accomplishments not listed here addresses many aspects of needs and a diverse understanding of many complex issues. Mayor Phil Hardberger appointed Councilwoman Herrera to the following Council Committees: Governance, Urban Affairs, Economic and International Affairs Committee, Chair of the Audit Committee, Sustainability Task Force for the Building Trades, Committee of 6 Workforce Development Board, Committee of Seven Storm water Management, Public Safety Committee, AACOG, and the initial search committee for the future Haven for Hope Campus where we traveled across the country visiting other programs.
In closing, my motto during my career, campaigns and in office has been “A HIGHER STANDARD.” In order to continue to achieve that “higher standard,” I am guided in everything I do by these following precepts: Principles, Integrity, Conscious, and Commitment. These precepts evolved during my undergraduate years in a true Marianist tradition. When no one believed in me, the grassroots community – the invisible and most powerful stakeholder -- gave me the
opportunity to be their voice. They are the ones that started to make my dreams come true. It is our community that I have the greatest debt. I owe it all to them. I will always owe them.