Within the past several weeks, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff have put together a number of groups and panels to deal with the economic fallout from COVID-19 — and to plan for how the city and county can get back to business.
Here’s a guide to the various working groups and panels, who serves on them and what they’re doing:
Last month, Nirenberg and Wolff named five working groups — made up of City Council members, county commissioners, local business leaders, philanthropists and labor advocates — to tackle food shortages, economic losses and other fallout from COVID-19. Philanthropist and developer Gordon Hartman is leading the effort.
For now, the groups’ meetings are conducted virtually at least once a week and aren’t open to the public. Instead, the groups post readouts of each meeting on a website set up to track their work. Residents can also submit suggestions and comments to the groups through the site.
Federal and state government advocacy: Tasked with hunting down state and federal funds to direct to the city and county to pay for COVID-19 response efforts, public safety expenses, housing and homeless assistance and public transit, among other costs.
District 8 Councilman Manny Peláez
Precinct 3 Commissioner Kevin Wolff
District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran
District 4 Councilwoman Adriana Rocha Garcia
Linda Chavez-Thompson, former executive vice president of the national AFL-CIO
Brig. Gen. Laura Lenderman
USAA CEO Wayne Peacock
Joseph Gorder, Valero Energy Corp. CEO and chairman
Live Oak Mayor Mary Dennis
Philanthropy: Aimed at shoring up nonprofits as well as tracking down donations and charitable funds for COVID-19 response efforts.
Harvey Najim, local philanthropist, co-chair
Barbara Gentry, retired senior vice president of USAA community affairs, co-chair
Marjie French, San Antonio Area Foundation CEO
Blakely Fernandez, partner at law firm Bracewell
Toni-Marie Van Buren, senior program and development officer at University Health System Foundation
Chris Martin, CEO of United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County
David Green, Mays Family Foundation managing director
Harriet Dominique, USAA senior vice president of corporate responsibility
Mary Rose Brown, NuStar Energy executive vice president and chief administrative officer
Food security and shelter: Analyzing issues like food access and rental assistance for households impacted by the crisis, housing and food for the homeless and making sure tenants aren’t evicted during the pandemic.
District 2 Councilwoman Jada Andrews-Sullivan, co-chair
Precinct 2 Commissioner Justin Rodriguez, co-chair
District 6 Councilwoman Melissa Cabello-Havrda
Eric Cooper, San Antonio Food Bank president and CEO
Haven for Hope CEO Kenny Wilson
Business and unemployment: Tasked with tracking down assistance for ailing businesses and workers as well
District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval
Precinct 1 Commissioner Sergio “Chico” Rodriguez
District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales
Michelle Tremillo, Texas Organizing Project executive director
Lisa Wong, restaurateur
Social services: Aimed at making sure a wide array of social services are available to those who need them, including victims of domestic violence, child abuse and substance abuse. The group is also examining other areas, including financial assistance to families and finding internet access for households that don’t have it.
District 1 Councilman Roberto Treviño, co-chair
Precinct 4 Commissioner Tommy Calvert, co-chair
District 9 Councilman John Courage
Tullos Wells, Kronkosky Charitable Foundation managing director
Ana “Cha” Guzman, San Antonio Housing Authority chair
Within the past week, Nirenberg and Wolff named two panels to figure out when the city and county can safely begin to ease up on stay-at-home restrictions and what that process will look like for businesses. Their meetings aren’t open to the public.
Health transition: Made up of local health experts. The COVID-19 Health Transition team will analyze projections showing the estimated local projectory of the disease to determine when local leaders can lift restrictions on businesses and other activities or, if necessary, put them back in place if there’s a spike in cases. The panel expects to turn in a “health transition” plan by Monday.
Barbara Taylor, infectious disease specialist at UT Health San Antonio, chair
Metro Health Director Dawn Emerick
Ruth Berggren, infectious disease specialist at UT Health San Antonio
Bryan Alsip, University Health System chief medical officer
Cherise Rohr-Allegrini, public health consultant
Thomas Patterson, chief of UT Health Science Center’s division of infectious diseases
Carrie DeWitt, group manager and infectious disease physician
Jason Morrow, medical director of inpatient palliative care services at University Health System
District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval, liaison to City Council
Precinct 2 Commissioner Justin Rodriguez, liason to Commissioners Court
Economic transition: Made up of local business and community leaders. The COVID-19 Economic Transition Team is expected to take recommendations from the health transition team and figure out how businesses and activities paused by the outbreak can safely resume.
The panel is looking at factors including how each sector can adopt social-distancing measures, preventative steps employers can take to protect their workers and guidelines on how to look for and contain new infections among customers and their employees.
They must put together a plan by May 1. City Council and Commissioners Court will hear the plan the following week.
Kevin Voelkel, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas president, co-chair
Julissa Carielo, Tejas Premier Building Construction president, co-chair
Leonard Aguilar, Southwest Pipe Trades Association political director
Magaly Chocano, CEO of web design firm Sweb Development
Pete Cortez, chief operating officer for restaurant group La Familia Cortez, which owns Mi Tierra
Jennifer Delgado, Stability Staffing and Consulting CEO
Suzy Hart, San Antonio Marriott Properties general manager
Jenna Saucedo-Herrera, San Antonio Economic Development Foundation CEO
Kenneth Kemp, pastor at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
Pedro Martinez, San Antonio Independent School District superintendent
Buddy Morris, Spire Risk Management chairman; the city’s health care adviser
Jody Newman, The Friendly Spot Ice House owner
Bobby Perez, Spurs Sports and Entertainment executive vice president
Bede Ramcharan, founder and CEO of asset-management firm Indatatech
Lisa Tatum, president of law firm LM Tatum
Melanie Tawil, CEO of local tech company SwipeTrack
Wayne Terry, principal at Terranalia Consulting
San Antonio City Manager Erik Walsh
Bexar County Manager David Smith
District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran, liaison to City Council
Precinct 1 Commissioner Sergio “Chico” Rodriguez, liaison to Commissioners Court
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