Our Leadership Team

Meet Our Leadership Team! The RGV Partnership is a nonprofit made possible largely due to our amazing members. 
Thank you for allowing us to serve and work with you in order to improve our region’s collaborative efforts for the good of us all.

Our Leadership Team

Sergio Contreras

President & CEO

Mr. Contreras was appointed as President/CEO of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership in 2016.  The RGV Partnership is a community minded organization that represents four-counties in South Texas, where business leaders advocate for regional collaboration and economic prosperity.

The organization engages in policies and programs that impact the development of international trade, healthcare, improvements to transportation and port of entry infrastructure, education, and workforce.

Mr. Contreras served as Executive Director of the Pharr Economic Development Corporation with the charge to work under the Board of Directors for business expansion, retention and workforce development.

Mr. Contreras worked close to 20 years at AT&T as their Regional Manager of External Affairs.  As a lobbyist, Sergio was responsible for advocating for legislative policies that drove innovating technologies to the community. 

Mr. Contreras has served as a board of director for multiple organizations, in Laredo, San Antonio, and is currently serving as Chair of the Border Trade Alliance, Executive Board member of the Texas Alliance for I-69, InvestEd TX Steering Committee and on the Advisory Board of the RGV MPO.

Mr. Contreras holds a degree on International Trade and a second in Human Services Recreation from Westmar University, Iowa, and an MBA from the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley.

Our Leadership Team

Monica Sanchez

Member Engagement & Events Director

As Member Engagement & Events Director, Monica develops and manages programs that retain and increase the RGV Partnership’s membership. Her focus is to foster positive relationships with existing members and optimize their experience, increase corporate investments, and promote membership benefits. She actively engages with our members to ensure that they are supported as they achieve their strategic mission. 

Monica manages the planning of all Programs, Forums, and Signature Events to increase member participation and retention and identify ways for member companies and community leaders to enhance their success. 

Monica is also responsible for the development and implementation of all social media initiatives.  She develops strategies to improve member engagement and drive action across all major social media channels as well as managing all other online campaigns.

Mary Garcia

Administrative Assitant

As Administrative Assistant, Mary is responsible to ensure the efficient operation of the office. By being familiar with the concepts, practices and procedures required by non-profit organizations to operate efficiently and securely, as well with time sensitive material. May, ensures all regular and recurring duties and initiatives under the RGV Partnership, are performing and executing with high quality and in a timely manner to the organization’s Board of Directors and leadership of the organization. Mary’s efforts expand to manage and create content for all social media initiatives. 

Mary attended the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, majoring in Marketing and Philosophy. She held serval roles in a broad range of fields, from fast food to retail, wholesale and sales with a background in marketing. Where she monitored market trends, created deliverables for clients, developed targeted strategies based on demographic data. Through effective communication, creativity and problem solving, as a social media specialist she worked directly with respectable Real Estate firms and Lawyers.