Dallas – City Manager T.C. Broadnax has announced the appointment of two new executives.
Mary Elizabeth (Liz) Cedillo-Pereira will serve as the Director of the Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs and will start on March 20, 2017.
A Dallas native, Liz has more than 15 years of experience at the federal, state and local level. Most recently she served as the Obama Administration’s Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, where she focused on immigration policy and community engagement to foster relations in communities across the U.S. An attorney, advocate and policy advisor, she is dedicated to improving our nation’s immigration system and we are fortunate that she is bringing her skills to this new office.
“It is a great honor to serve our city as the Director of the new Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs,” said Cedillo-Pereira. “Immigrants are significant and vital to our overall economic growth, civic involvement and cultural vibrancy, so it’s important to ensure that Dallas provides a welcoming community for all,” she said.
“Cedillo-Pereira is a thought leader and coalition builder and we are excited about the establishment of the Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs. I am pleased that she has agreed to join my management team as the Director,” Broadnax said.
Liz received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Pennsylvania and her Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University.
Raquel Favela will serve as Chief of Economic Development and Neighborhood Services and will start her position on April 17, 2017.
Raquel brings more than 20 years of experience in management, strategic planning, and neighborhood development and economic development. Favela most recently served as the West Regional Director for the National Development Council where she provided technical assistance, training and financing to governments for real estate development projects using the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, New Market Tax Credits, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Tax Increment Financing, HUD 108 Loans and other public financing mechanisms. She is an expert in the use of housing, historic, new market, and energy tax credits, tax increment financing and all federal housing and economic development financing tools.
“With the City of Dallas facing challenges in our neighborhoods, high levels of poverty and economic development, Raquel’s talent and acumen is a perfect match for this position,” Broadnax said. “She has a fresh and innovative approach and the leadership skills needed to address these issues,” he said.
“I look forward to joining T.C. and the team he has assembled,” said Favela. “I share his commitment to public service. I also see great opportunities for strategic and balanced economic development that incorporate housing and job creation to meet the needs of the Dallas market,” she said.
Raquel received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and completed all course work for a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio.