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In 2021, our Founder, Henry Cisneros wrote an Op Ed in the San Antonio Report making the case for an Arboretum on the South Side of San Antonio.   As Henry describes it “An arboretum is a special category of park featuring the trees that grow in a region.  Trees are spaced along paths or encircle open meadows in ways that invite admiration, study, and repose”.   After a year of taking that mission under wing we have assembled both a highly engaged board of directors and an informed set of subject matter expert advisors that will guide us to the realization of a world class Arboretum for San Antonio.   This effort will be a long-term investment for the San Antonio region that will take some visionary investments as trees will take some time to grow into the flourishing museum of trees that we envision.  

Pecan trees are plentiful in Arboretum San Antonio


Our Trees:

A living heritage branching generations


Create momentum to establish a special place to celebrate our heritage through native trees

Henry Cisneros
Former Mayor and
HUD Secretary, Chairman and Co-Founder of American Triple I
Evangelina Flores
Immediate past Chair Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Vice Chair/CEO
Thomas Corser
Retired Technology Executive, 
Juniper Networks
Andrew Anguiano
CEO of Southside Craft Soda
Fred Jones
Lawyer at Langley & Banack, Incorporated

Jane Macon

Partner at Bracewell,

Former COSA City Attorney

Leo Gomez

President and CEO Brooks

Development Authority

Suzanne Scott
Texas State Director at The Nature Conservancy

Juan Solis
Community Manager for Texas, Truist

Mary Jane Verette
CEO of the San Antonio Parks Foundation
Rebecca Viagran
CEO South Texas Business Partnerships
  Our Advisors  

Luisa Casso, Toyota

Mark Bird, COSA Arborist

Dr. Kelly Lyons, Prof Trinity University

Dr. Rodolfo Barillas, Prof TAMU-SA

Tom Carter, SVP Pape-Dawson

Mike Frisbie, SVP RABA-Kistner

Alex Gonzalez, RLA, MPStudio

Brandon Logan, Founder & CEO, Urban Capital Partners

Peter Pierson, Sr Natural resource Mgt Specialist, SARA

Carla De La Chapa, Sr Manager Climate and Sustainability, CPS

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