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Affirmative Action CommitteeThe City of San Antonio is committed to efforts of ensuring non-discrimination in the recruitment, hiring and promoting of employees. All employees are held accountable for ensuring equal opportunity in the consideration of all employment decisions.

The City’s Affirmative Action Plan is a voluntary plan, which is continuously updated as new U.S. Census data is released. This voluntary Affirmative Action Plan reaffirms our efforts of employing a workforce that is reflective of our community and facilitates goal-oriented initiatives that focus on areas of the workforce in which minorities and women have been historically employed at a rate less than their availability in the labor market.

If you have any questions regarding the Committee or the City’s Affirmative Action Plan, please contact Committee Liaison.

Liaison: Lindsay Free
Phone: 210.207.4437
Meeting Agenda

Name District Appointed Date Date Expires
Ashley Smith            1 11/2/2017 5/31/2019
Michelle Lugalia-Hollon  2 11/30/2017  5/31/2019
Efrain Torres Jr. 3 1/12/2017 5/31/2019
Anthony Rogers 4 6/17/2010 5/31/2017
Sara Briseño Gerrish 5 6/15/2017
Carl Christopher Hanel (Resigned)            6 2/2/2012 5/31/2017
Diana Sanchez Lira (Resigned)  7 12/7/2017 5/31/2019
Ryan Pflipsen (Resigned) 8 3/8/2012 5/31/2017
Vicki Bechard Spaulding  9 11/30/2017 5/31/2019
Emilie Christian            10 9/7/2017 5/31/2019           
Victor Nivens            Mayoral     3/29/2018 5/31/2019           

Ashley Smith

Ashley Smith Ashley Smith has a bachelor's degree in architecture from Cornell University, and over the course of her 20-year career, she has had the opportunity to work for several local design firms. Currently, Ashley is a Senior Project Manager at Alamo Architects. Her specialties include research laboratories and higher education projects. 

A noted voice for San Antonio’s transgender community and advocate for civic engagement, Ashley has also served as an Homeowner's Association President and as a volunteer at Haven for Hope. By joining the Affirmative Action Advisory Committee, she hopes to ensure that the City’s hiring policies remain current with a rapidly growing population and that the City has the appropriate tools and methods to reach under-represented and marginalized communities. 

Michelle Lugalia-Hollon

Michelle Lugalia-Hollon Michelle Lugalia-Hollon has an undergraduate degree in comparative human development from the University of Chicago and a master of science degree in society, human development, and health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Currently, she is the Director of Program Initiatives at the San Antonio Area Foundation. Over the course of her career, Michelle has worked in government and with several non-profits organizations, focusing on maternal and infant HIV/AIDS prevention, sexual and youth violence prevention, homelessness, trauma, youth development, education and public health. She has lived in Kenya, Houston, Chicago, Boston, and recently relocated to San Antonio with her family. Through this appointment, Michelle hopes to support the City's effort to achieve equitable outcomes for its citizens.

Efrain Torres Jr.

Efrain Torres, Jr.Efrain Torres Jr. is a native of San Antonio and partner at the RTB Law Group. He is a part of many organizations, including Texas Public Radio and the Harlandale District Professional Education Review Council. Efrain also serves on the board of directors for JOVEN, a non-profit organization that helps to develop character and resiliency in young children.

He obtained his Juris Doctorate in 2014, a Master of Arts degree in history in 2011, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and criminal justice in 2008.

As a representative for District 3, Efrain hopes to assist the Affirmative Action Committee in ensuring that the City's workforce is reflective of the community it serves.

Anthony Rogers

Anthony RogersAnthony Rogers, retired fire chief from McAllen, Texas, is a professor with the University of Phoenix, University of Illinois, and Alamo Community College District. He obtained his Doctorate in Philosophy in 2001, Master of Business Administration in international business in 2007, and Bachelor of Business Administration in human resources in 1994. 

Anthony is a certified Professional in Human Resources with the Society of Human Resource Management and a member of Mu Delta Mu. 

He has served on the Affirmative Action Advisory Committee since June 2010.

Sara Briseno Gerrish

Sara Briseño Gerrish Sara Briseño Gerrish is a real estate broker with RE/MAX Unlimited. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing from St. Mary's University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University - San Antonio.

As an active member of her community, Sara gives her free time to several worthy organizations, including  Centro San Antonio and the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals and serves as a story board member for Texas Public Radio's Worth Repeating Project. Additionally, she is a member of the board of directors for the San Antonio Board of REALTORS®, South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and Junior League of San Antonio. 


Through Sara's involvement with the Affirmative Action Advisory Committee, she hopes to help ensure that the City is employing a workforce reflective of our community and that there are equal opportunities for all.


Vicki Bechard Spaulding

Vicki Bechard SpauldingVicki Bechard Spaulding earned her bachelor's degree in administration with summa cum laude distinction from the University of the Incarnate Word, and she is currently pursuing a master's degree in applied administration. Her studies in marketing and public relations have inspired her to seek out new, creative methods to strengthen community engagement.

Over the last 30 years, Vicki has lived and worked in countries within South America, Europe, Taiwan, and Mexico. Throughout this time, she volunteered in hospitals, jails, schools, and family homes where she focused on increasing food security and educational opportunities in impoverished communities. Vicki dedicated much of her time abroad being a catalyst for change and mentoring individuals and families towards reaching their aspirations. Her fluency in Spanish and proficiency in Mandarin and Portuguese have enabled her to connect with people from vastly different backgrounds. 

Vicki hopes that her involvement with the Affirmative Action Advisory Committee will help her better represent the interests of San Antonio's diverse community.

Emilie Christian

Emilie Christian Emilie Christian is a born-and-raised San Antonian who currently serves as a Project Manager at Brown & Ortiz, P.C. where she specializes in municipal land planning and zoning. Emilie is a graduate of Texas Christian University with a bachelor's of science degree in strategic communications, emphasis in integrated public relations/advertising, and a minor in sociology. Her professional work and personal hobbies are fueled by voluntarism and creative problem solving. After almost two years of serving as Communications and Zoning Director for District 10 City Councilman Mike Gallagher, Emilie is thrilled for the opportunity to serve the district in this new capacity.

Outside of the office, she serves as Vice President of Membership for the San Antonio Alumnae Chapter of Delta Gamma and Civic Training Manager for the Junior League of San Antonio. Emilie is also a member of the 2017-2018 Real Estate Council of San Antonio (RECSA) Leadership Development Program. She looks forward to being a part of the conversation to bring greater equity to San Antonio’s policies and our municipal workforce.

Victor Nivens

Victor NivensVictor Nivens has been a retail professional at H-E-B for more than 25 years. He currently serves H-E-B as the Director of Human Resources for the San Antonio region. Victor’s expertise includes partner relations, talent management, training and development, and leadership coaching. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Huston Tillotson University in Austin, Texas.

Most of his career has been spent helping others succeed through building relationships and providing performance leadership. Victor is passionate about helping leaders and team members make the most of the talent and skills they possess. He has also served several non-profit organizations with a primary focus on helping those with food insecurities.

Victor has a sincere appreciation for all people and believes his expertise and experience will serve him well as a member of the City's Affirmative Action Advisory Committee.