STX Frontera Chapter

Place-Based. People-Powered. Equity-Focused. Training South Texas Frontera’s emerging leaders.

NLC South Texas Frontera trains cross-sector leaders who are committed to moving the communities they serve forward. We connect inclusive leaders who have the expertise to implement change, and provide the skills and network to make that progress a reality.


Fellows trained since our chapter was founded.


Hours of training provided to leaders in South Texas Frontera, at no cost to participants.


Over $17,000 raised in support of training place-based leaders in South Texas Frontera.

NLC is about investing in people. We’re going to take your talents and your skills and elevate YOU. Build your network. Lift your voice. Help you do what you want to do to build your community. That’s important to me and important for South Texas.

– Cristina Gomez (she/her)
Founding Board Member

When I look at our communities I see our children’s future. We have the potential to make this an environment for the next generation of progresive leaders. We have resources that go unheard and untapped. NLC has given me the insight, tools, and network I need to help build a brighter future.

– Natasha Martinez (she/her)
Selections Co-Chair

NLC has given me the courage, strength, and community I needed to continue fighting for my beloved Laredo. The toolks that NLC equipped me with have given me enough resolve to keep fighting inequities and to take the scary opportunities coming my way.

– Alyson Martinez (she/her)
Chapter Co-Director

2021 Fellows

Cinthia Gonzalez

Certified Training Coordinator, Texas A&M International University Small Business Development Center

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Eliseo Ceja

Executive Director, Laredo Stroke Support Group Inc. Candidate for MPH.

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Grezia Barrera

Executive Director, Voz de Niños- CASA

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Jeremy San Miguel

Program Specialist, Healthy Families, UTRGV

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Karina Madrigal

Faculty Development Specialist, UTRGV-SOM

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Luciana Morales

Community Engagement & Communications Professional, Southwest Key Workforce Development

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Martha Mercado

Candidate for MSW, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

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Maxine Rebeles

Middle School Teacher, Christen Middle

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Michael Bueno

Environmental & Science Policy Professional

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Miranda Zapata

Graduate Teaching Assistant/Graduate Research Assistant, Texas Woman’s University

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Nathan Burkhart

Director of Marketing & Small Business Development, Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation

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Oscar Zertuche

Owner/Operator, Magic Valley Urban Farms

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Paula Saldaña

Field Coordinator, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice

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Ricardo Parra

Exercise Instructor, Brownsville Wellness Coalition

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Allan Fisher-Garcia

Alyson Martinez

Amanda Davé

Clarissa Riojas

Dimitra Trejo

Elizabeth Charles

Josue Plaza

Juan Livas

Khrystyane Lopez

Marco Garcia

Nicholas Balderas

Reyna Ortiz

Ruby Fuentes

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