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Tricia Cortez - Executive Director

Tricia joined the Rio Grande International Study Center in May 2010 where she currently serves as executive director of Laredo's only environmental nonprofit organization. She is responsible for carrying out its mission to protect and preserve our only source of drinking water - the Rio Grande - and local green spaces. Her focus is centered on:

  • water security and river restoration,
  • sustainable development,
  • habitat protection,
  • grassroots cultural organizing, and
  • improved quality of life for South Texas border residents.

A San Antonio native, Tricia graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor’s degree in public policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs with a minor in Mandarin Chinese. She moved to Laredo in 2001 and worked seven years as a senior reporter at the Laredo Morning Times. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, theater, creative writing, and chasing after her two little ones.

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1 West End Washington St. Bldg P-11
Laredo, Texas, 78040
Rio Grande International Study Center is a certified 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
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