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.
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. She is deeply committed to sustainable land-use practices, habitat protection, responsible water management, 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. She drank the water, and the rest is history!
Tricia remains in awe of the Rio Grande-Rio Bravo, and how much life this river gives each day to millions of people in the U.S. and Mexico. Constant respect and protection of this mighty yet neglected and endangered river must remain a top priority for our community. She hopes that each of you will join RGISC in this ongoing effort.