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THE CENTRO ALLIANCE

Influence Policy · Connect + Collaborate · Shape the Future

Centro Membership is your opportunity to connect with community & industry leaders who share your passion for creating a thriving urban ecosystem & shaping the future of San Antonio! Members enjoy exclusive access to Centro initiatives, projects & events! This support & collaboration ushers in a vibrant future for downtown through diversity, ingenuity, creativity, connection & FUN.

Membership Perks

Invitations to member-only events & discounted tickets to various events

Opportunities to serve on the Residents’ Voice Committee

Centro Merchandise & Downtown Collectables

All members will receive Centro’s monthly newsletter including a special update from our CEO

MEMBERSHIP TIERS

STUDENT

$30

Are you a local student looking to connect with downtown? Join Centro and gain access to business owners and city leaders through our monthly membership mixers. Build your network today through Centro! 

Student Membership Benefits Include: 

  • Access to Centro Mixers: Gain access to Centro mixers, providing opportunities to connect with business owners, city leaders, and fellow students interested in downtown initiatives and programs. 

 

  • Build Your Network: Build your professional network and connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for downtown revitalization and urban development. 

 

  • Discounted Membership: Enjoy a discounted membership rate exclusively for students. Sign up with a valid university email to access all the perks of Centro membership at a reduced price. 

 

As a Student Member of Centro, you have the opportunity to engage with downtown initiatives, build valuable connections, and contribute to the vibrancy and vitality of our community. Join us in shaping the future of downtown today! 

 

Individual

$45

Be the heart and soul of Centro and unite with us to breathe life into downtown initiatives and programs. 

  Membership Benefits Include: 

  • Exclusive Centro Swag: Receive exclusive Centro swag to showcase your support for downtown initiatives and programs. 
 
  • Monthly Mixers: Forge impactful relationships at Centro’s monthly mixers, fostering a community that thrives on collaboration and collective action towards downtown revitalization. 
 
  • Event Invitations: Enjoy invitations to Centro events, including workshops, networking events, and community gatherings, providing opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals and stakeholders. 
 
  • Monthly Newsletter: Stay informed and engaged with a monthly newsletter, delivering updates on downtown initiatives, upcoming events, and opportunities for involvement. 

 

By becoming an Individual Member of Centro, you play a vital role in shaping the future of downtown and contribute to the vibrancy and vitality of our community. Join us in our mission to create a downtown that thrives for all. 

 

Professional

$850

Elevate your impact and promote your brand when you become a Professional Member. 

 

Professional Memberships Benefits Include: 

 

  • Individual Benefits: Enjoy access to all privileges and opportunities available to our esteemed individual members, including exclusive updates, invitations to special events, and opportunities for active involvement in downtown initiatives.  

 

  • Complimentary Tickets to Centro Member Mixers: Receive four complimentary tickets to EACH Centro member mixer. This allows you and your colleagues to network and connect with other downtown stakeholders at our monthly mixers, fostering valuable connections and collaborations within the community. 

 

  • Professionally Produced Promotional Video and Social Media Feature: Showcase your business or personal brand with a professionally crafted promotional video and dedicated social media feature. Our team will work closely with you to highlight your unique offerings, values, and contributions to downtown San Antonio, amplifying your reach and engagement across our platforms. 

 

  • Logo Feature on Centro’s Website: Gain visibility and recognition by having your logo prominently featured on Centro’s website. This provides valuable exposure to residents, visitors, and fellow advocates, showcasing your commitment to keeping downtown San Antonio clean, safe, and dynamic for all 

 

By becoming a Professional Member of Centro, you not only elevate your brand presence but also contribute to the vibrancy and vitality of downtown San Antonio. Experience empowerment and community at its best with Centro’s Professional membership. Join us in our mission to create a downtown that thrives for all. 

Friends of downtown

$1000

Join as a “Friend of Downtown” and become an integral part of our vibrant community, regardless of your location within the city. Experience exclusive benefits tailored to elevate your engagement and promote your brand within our network.   

Friends of Downtown Membership Benefits Include:  

All Individual and Professional Benefits: Access all the privileges and opportunities available to our esteemed advocates, including exclusive updates, invitations to special events, and opportunities for active involvement in downtown initiatives.  

Brand Promotion on Centro Signage: Showcase your business or personal brand prominently within the downtown landscape. Gain visibility and recognition among residents, visitors, and fellow advocates through strategic placement on Centro signage.  

Professionally Produced Promotional Video: Elevate your brand presence with a professionally crafted promotional video. Highlight your unique offerings, values, and contributions to the downtown community, capturing the attention of a wider audience and fostering meaningful connections.  

Social Media Feature: Amplify your reach and engagement with a dedicated social media feature promoting your business or personal brand. Benefit from targeted exposure across our platforms, connecting with our extensive network of supporters and influencers.  

Join us as a “Friend of Downtown” and unlock unparalleled opportunities to advocate, engage, and thrive within our dynamic urban hub. Together, let’s shape the future of downtown and create lasting impact for generations to come. 

CHAIR'S COUNCIL

$3000

Elevate your status and enjoy the pinnacle of exclusive experiences as a member of Centro’s Chair’s Council. 

Chair’s Council Membership Benefits Include: 

  • Opportunity to Submit Requests for Custom Data Reports: Gain access to custom data reports provided by our Data Analyst. As a Chair’s Council member, you can submit requests for specific data insights tailored to your needs and interests, empowering you to make informed decisions and strategies. 

 

  • All Individual, Professional, and Friends of Downtown Benefits: Access all the privileges and opportunities available to our esteemed advocates, including exclusive updates, invitations to special events, and opportunities for active involvement in downtown initiatives.  

 

  • Brand Recognition at Centro Member Events: Showcase your brand prominently at Centro member events, gaining visibility and recognition among influential city leaders, stakeholders, and fellow advocates. 

 

  • VIP Seats at Urban Renaissance Luncheon: Receive four VIP seats at Centro’s prestigious Urban Renaissance Luncheon, allowing you and your guests to enjoy premier seating and networking opportunities with key stakeholders and community leaders. 

 

  • VIP Seats to State of Downtown: Enjoy two VIP seats at State of Downtown, providing exclusive access to insights, discussions, and presentations on the current state and future vision of downtown San Antonio. 
 
  • Invitation to Biannual Coffee or Cocktail Conversation with CEO: Engage in intimate discussions and exchange ideas with Centro’s CEO during biannual coffee or cocktail conversations exclusively for Chair’s Council members. This provides a unique opportunity to shape Centro’s direction and initiatives. 

 

  • Invitations to Exclusive Events: Receive invitations to exclusive events specifically designed for Chair’s Council members. These events offer unparalleled networking opportunities, unique experiences, and insider access to downtown initiatives and projects.

 

  • Reserved Window Space with Signage at Western Heritage Parade: Showcase your brand prominently at the Western Heritage Parade with reserved window space and signage. Gain visibility and recognition among attendees and participants, demonstrating your commitment to downtown’s evolution and cultural heritage.  

 

By joining the Chair’s Council, you not only elevate your status and network with influential city leaders but also play a pivotal role in shaping Centro’s direction and impact on downtown San Antonio. Experience the pinnacle of exclusive experiences and contribute to the vibrancy and prosperity of our community as a valued member of Centro’s Chair’s Council. 

PREMIER MEMBERS

$5000

Shape downtown’s narrative and influence its evolution as a Premier Member of Centro San Antonio. 

Premier Membership Benefits Include: 

  • All Individual, Professional, Friends of Downtown, and Chair’s Council Benefits: Access all privileges and opportunities available to our esteemed advocates, including exclusive updates, invitations to special events, and opportunities for active involvement in downtown initiatives.  

 

  • Recognition as a Title Sponsor at Centro Special Events: Enjoy elevated prominence and visibility as a title sponsor at Centro’s special events, positioning your brand as a catalyst for downtown’s growth and development. 

 

  • Invitations to Exclusive Events: Receive invitations to exclusive events designed exclusively for Premier Members. These events offer unique networking opportunities, insider access to downtown initiatives, and the chance to connect with like-minded influencers and stakeholders. 

 

  • Reserved VIP Table and Early Entry at Urban Renaissance Luncheon: Experience the Urban Renaissance Luncheon in style with a reserved VIP table and early entry privileges. This allows you and your guests to enjoy premier seating and networking opportunities at one of Centro’s flagship events. 

 

  • Reserved Seats at State of Downtown: Receive four reserved seats at Centro’s State of Downtown event, providing exclusive access to insights, discussions, and presentations on the current state and future vision of downtown San Antonio. 

 

  • Reserved Window Space with Signage at Western Heritage Parade: Showcase your brand prominently at the Western Heritage Parade with reserved window space and signage. Gain visibility and recognition among attendees and participants, demonstrating your commitment to downtown’s evolution and cultural heritage. 

 

By choosing the Premier Membership, you’re not just joining Centro San Antonio – you’re actively shaping downtown’s narrative and evolution. Experience the power of influence and contribute to the vibrancy and growth of our community as a Premier Member. 

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Connie Garza

TACTICAL PLANNING COORDINATOR

Connie is a native San Antonian with roots planted deeply on San Antonio’s Southside. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Global Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Passionate about building strong communities, Connie loves acting as a connector to small businesses, entrepreneurs, and people to help each other reach their goals and work together. She works inbetween the Cultural Placemaking team and the Mainstreet Economic Development team, bringing vibrancy and support to urban core businesses to make downtown the place to be. When not at work, you can usually find her at the local plant nursery buying another plant, exploring new cafes/breweries, and spending time with family.

Priscilla Lopez

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Priscilla or “P.Lo” as her teammates affectionately call her, has 20 years of corporate administrative experience. Priscilla attended The University of San Antonio with a focus on Business Administration. In her role as office “fixer,” she handles everything from communications and relationship management to IT sleuthing. On weekends you can find her enjoying a Truly poolside. She lives the vegan lifestyle and is  a proud member of the Peleton community.

Michael Cirlos

JEDI CAMERAMAN

Michael began his studies and volunteer work at Webster University Thailand with a focus on international relations and Buddhism. After returning to San Antonio and graduating from UTSA, Michael began photographing and telling the stories of people in Downtown San Antonio to help connect and increase awareness of our vibrant urban culture. Michael’s work has appeared in several news media organizations, and has produced digital content for small- and large-scale marketing campaigns for Red Bull, COSA Department of Arts and Culture, World Heritage Office, National Park Service, and others. Michael is a former Pecha Kucha San Antonio Speaker, best-selling author at Trinity University Press, entrepreneur, and adventurer.

JanIe Garza

OFFICE MANAGER

Janie is a native of Corpus Christi, TX and has made San Antonio her home since 2012. Her 15+ years’ experience allows her to serve a broad range of functions that allow the organization to operate efficiently, including, accounts receivable/payable, record management, information technology, office management, and assisting with human resources. Outside of the office she enjoys spending time with her family, visiting local art museums, and enjoying a German beer in Southtown.

Matt Sirgo

DIRECTOR OF STORYTELLING

Matt graduated from Texas Tech University in 2016 with a Dual Major in Media Strategies and Honors Arts & Letters with a minor in Italian (Benvenuto a tutti!). Matt oversees the marketing, public relations, and digital content for Centro. After sharing the story of Downtown San Antonio on digital channels, he enjoys creating TikToks about LGBTQ+ media. His mug graces a Fiesta Mural on the St. Mary’s Strip just north of Downtown. You can’t miss it. 

Elizabeth Burt

DIRECTOR OF URBAN ACTIVATION + PLAY

Liz is a passionate underutilized space evangelist known for collaboration matchmaking + play based troublemaking (snow, pumpkins, and Parisian mimes included). She graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio College of Public Policy studying Public Administration (#BirdsUp)! More recently, she oversaw the award winning Activate Houston Street Initiative, a placemaking action plan to reinvigorate the historic pedestrian corridor in the heart of Downtown, which is recognized as a Best Practice in Public Space Management by the International Downtown Association, for which she is also a proud Emerging Leader Fellow.

Jacqueline Lucio

DIRECTOR OF PID OPERATIONS

Jacque is a longtime downtowner with a deep passion for community service. She oversees Centro’s Clean & Safe and Homeless Outreach services, which aim to create a more beautiful, welcoming, inclusive, and hospitable downtown. For nearly two decades, Jacque has lived in downtown San Antonio and has been actively involved in the transformation of the urban core. Through her work with nonprofits, local government, and news media, she’s continually focused on championing more sustainable, diverse, and equitable communities. Jacque has led efforts to support asylum seekers, served as communications director for City Council District 5, and served in public affairs role for Clear Channel Outdoor San Antonio. Jacque studied Mass Communications and Mexican-American Studies at UTSA.

Sarah Esserlieu Khalil

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Sarah is a passionate urbanist who has spent the majority of her career on downtown revitalization efforts. Downtown is the best part of any city where you can find the finest history, culture, life, and beauty. Sarah has a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of California, San DiegoSarah enjoys visiting small local businesses, enjoying foodie culture, cooking, hiking, and visiting the cities of the world. 

Andi Rodriguez

VICE PRESIDENT OF CULTURAL PLACEMAKING

Andi is a long-time urban champion and leads Centro ‘people projects which tell our stories and bring us joy, such as Centro’s Art Everywhere and Zona Cultural. Serving on the Leadership Council of Urban Land Institute, she is a former city Planning Commissioner, Founding Chair of the Hemisfair Conservancy, Co-founder of Power of Preservation/PROM, former Chair of the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women and immediate past Chair of Leadership San Antonio. Andi considers herself a servant leader; she has an MS in Architecture/Urban Planning, and enjoys advocating for the unifying power of art, history, and public space.

KANDICE PERKINS

FINANCIAL DIRECTOR

Kandice is a Sunnyvale, CA native and has made San Antonio her home since 2014She graduated from University of Argosy in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and continued to complete her Master’s in Business Administration from University of Phoenix 2020. She has worked in downtown San Antonio for years, bringing 15+ years of accounting experience to the organization and has been tasked with promoting and developing the city’s urban core. When not at the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, managing her family’s businesses, and enjoys cooking and baking.  

The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs 

TRISH DEBERRY

PRESIDENT AND CEO

Trish– aka Captain Marvel – believes that superheroes come in all shapes and sizes. With her intellect and a passion for making a difference, there is no doubt that Trish is built for speed and performance to find solutions to problems most find too vexing to conquer.  In fact, a Lamborghini has nothing on this force of nature.

A native San Antonian with a degree from Trinity University, Trish has a deep and abiding love for the Alamo City. She has led successful campaign initiatives for 25 years that have literally changed the landscape and face of the community.

Though Trish doesn’t have the ability to see the future like Captain Marvel, she has been called a visionary and wants to bring big ideas to bear regarding the future of downtown.

Before Trish became President/CEO of Centro San Antonio, she founded two full-service marketing and communications firms that she led for 20 years – both of which were headquartered in downtown.  She was also an active member of Centro during that time serving as board chair twice and providing leadership as the entity transformed from The Downtown Alliance to Centro San Antonio. 

When Trish isn’t blazing trails throughout the urban core, she is honing her superpowers of strength and agility on a bike at a spin studio – on pace for a remarkable 1,200 rides. We told you she was built for record-setting speed!  She’s also a supermom to her two kids Scott and Maddie who provide the fuel to her sparkle and non-stop energy.