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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”. One year later, we assembled a highly engaged board of directors and an informed set of subject matter expert advisors to guide our vision of a world-class Arboretum for San Antonio.  


In the fall of 2023, we embarked on a meticulous master planning firm selection process. We issued a Request for Qualification, followed by a Request for Proposal. After careful consideration of 18 highly qualified proposals, the Arboretum San Antonio Board of Directors chose Sasaki as our partner firm, along with a robust local team of consultants. Together, we will embark on a one-year master planning process, engaging our community in envisioning and building an arboretum that truly reflects San Antonio and South Texas' rich and diverse heritage and culture. 


Arboretum San Antonio is a long-term investment for the San Antonio region – growing into

the flourishing museum of trees that we envision.  

Pecan trees are plentiful in Arboretum San Antonio


Our Trees:

A living heritage

branching generations.


 Establish a special place

to celebrate our heritage

through native trees.

Henry Cisneros
Former Mayor & HUD Secretary, Chairman
& Co-Founder of American Triple I
Evangelina Flores
Immediate Past Chair Tobin Center
for the Performing Arts
Vice Chair*

Leo Gomez

President and CEO Brooks

Development Authority

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Fred Jones
Lawyer at Langley &
Banack, Incorporated
Andrew Anguiano
CEO of Southside Craft Soda
Board Member*

Jane Macon

Partner at Bracewell,

Former COSA City Attorney

Board Member
Laura Powell
Managing Director, Jefferies LLC
Board Member
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Francine Romero
UTSA Professor and
CPS Energy Trustee
Board Member*
Suzanne Scott
Texas State Director at The Nature Conservancy
Board Member*
Mary Jane Verette
CEO of the San Antonio
Parks Foundation
Board Member
Rebecca Viagran
CEO South Texas
Business Partnerships
Board Member
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Port San Antonio
Chairman of the Board
Director of Development
To Be Hired
Master Planning Project Manager
To Be Hired
Executive Assistant
Marlene Diaz


Luisa Casso, Trinity University

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 Mgr Climate & Sustainability, CPS Energy

Karen Guz, Vice President, Water Conservation, SAWS

Julia Murphy, Deputy Director, COSA Sustainability Office

Francine Romero, UTSA Professor and CPS Energy Trustee

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