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Expert-In-Residence Program


Program Overview
Mission EDC launched the Expert-in-Residence program to address the growing need of creative professionals. This initiative will connect Mission residents to experts in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM).

The launch of the Expert-in-Residence program comes at a pivotal time in the city’s growth. As Mission’s workforce continues to develop at a rapid pace, this new initiative will meet the demand for resources and training in areas not usually accessible to Mission residents. Supported by this new initiative, the city of Mission continues to engage its residents in the exchange of ideas and prepare them for the labor market of the 21st century.



Expert-in-Residence: Cityflag

Alberto Altamirano : CEO and Co-founder

Alberto’s interest in public policy and community involvement has led him to work at the Texas House of Representatives, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, U.S. Senate and the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. Driven by his passion in technology, urban development and civic engagement, in 2015 he co-founded Cityflag.

His initiative to civically engage Millennials through the use of technology won him the VotoLatino Innovators Challenge and led him to receive a MacArthur Foundation Grant. In 2016, he was awarded the Rare Magazine 40 Under 40 National Award for his work as a social entrepreneur. Alberto currently serves as a contributing writer on Latino politics and smart cities for the World Economic Forum, NPR Latino USA and Forbes Mexico. Alberto’s involvement in technology and public policy was recognized by the Aspen Institute Latinos & Society, where he serves as a Salinas Scholar focusing on Latino Millennial political engagement. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Texas at Austin and an Executive Education Certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Alberto Gomez : COO and Co-founder

Dr. Alberto Gomez is an international expert on Information and Communication Technologies, Innovation and Digital Communication. He teaches Innovation Technology in Communication and is a member of the Communication Faculty Board at the Master’s Program of the University Autonomous of Tamaulipas, Member of the Research Group: Regional Development and Sustainability and Director of the Communication for Development Research Department. Currently, he holds a Guest Scholar position at UTSA collaborating with the Center for Civic Engagement on a project to reduce the Digital Divide and empower communities through the use of digital technologies in San Antonio.

Eduardo Bravo : CFO and Co-founder

Eduardo has strong experience working in the private sector in both Mexico and the United States. He worked as a management consultant for EY, developing software implementation strategies and restructuring business processes. He also worked in the project development department at the North American Development Bank in San Antonio, evaluating project-finance contracts and developing financial strategies. Eduardo is an active member and co-founder of AEM Jovenes, an organization with deep ties to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in San Antonio.

Juan Pablo Torne : CIO

Juan Pablo has managed several system developments from design to implementation. Served as a fundamental branch in the development of the EcoPetrol initiative “Digital Oilfield”. Participated in several international technology conferences and expositions. Currently founder of Perficientur, a Business Dynamics company that focuses on driving performance using technology to measure and improve.

Rafael Munguia : Business Development & Strategic Partnerships

Rafael Munguia is currently founder and CEO of Munguia Enterprises, a Holding Company that operates businesses in Real Estate, Technology and Media in US and Mexico. Rafael is also owner and CEO of Award Winning Caribella Construction/Homes a “High Performance/Energy Star” residential home builder servicing the South Texas area predominantly the Rio Grande Valley since 2009.

Prior to Caribella Homes, Rafael ran a successful High-End Barbershop and a Web Design/Advertising company. He was also President of KB Homes RGV Division and a Regional Managers for American City Vista a $250 million Real Estate Investment Fund headed by Ex-Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Henry Cisneros. Rafael has additional work experience in financing, working for Wells Fargo Financial, retail, restaurant, and import/export company. In more recent times, Rafael was invited to help Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential campaign. He was part of the National Finance Committee, Texas Leadership Group and the National Hispanic Outreach Committee.