Rachel Cavazos is a lifelong resident of San Antonio and the daughter of small business owners. Rachel began her involvement with her community as a young girl when she helped her father dress the polls for now Judge Nelson Wolff back in 1971.
Rachel’s employment history beginning in 1981 includes working for Southwest Airlines as a reservation sales agent, a Service Coordinator for the hundreds of elderly residents living at Granada Homes San Antonio, and joining the staff of the Housing Authority of Bexar County, ending her time there as the Executive Director. At each employment opportunity, Rachel used her problem-solving skills and advocacy to leave enduring changes for the betterment of each organization she served for.
Her approach to problem-solving is doing the necessary research to fully understand the issues, exploring all options, and forging cooperative relationships with others who have a vested interest in finding mutually beneficial solutions to the issue at hand.
As Executive Director for the Housing Authority of Bexar County, Rachel was responsible for over $15 million dollars of federal and county grants for affordable housing units for thousands of Bexar County residents. Rachel was also awarded a Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing vouchers grant due to a model and process of her design. This design provided homeless veterans access housing in (20) days while other housing authorities were taking over 300 days. Her model has been replicated by multiple housing authorities across the nation.
In her final role Rachel served as the Director of Labor Services for United Way of San Antonio where she was dedicated to working with the San Antonio AFL-CIO and the Labor community. She worked on several disaster relief efforts and most recently connected hundreds of displaced workers with resources.
As a social advocate, Rachel continues to tirelessly and cooperatively work with state, local, and federal officials to improve the lives of the elderly, veterans, survivors of domestic violence, and working people. With this commitment to her community, Rachel has served as a board member for Workforce Solutions Alamo, the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative, and the United Way of San Antonio/Bexar County. Rachel is a former San Antonio Police Department Family Assistance Crisis Team volunteer, a Community Emergency Response Team volunteer, and a volunteer with the Interfaith Welcome Coalition.
In recognition of her advocacy for survivors of domestic violence, Rachel was awarded the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative’s Phoenix award and was recognized by the United Way as its Volunteer of the Year award and the Texas American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations Community (AFL-CIO) Service award.
Rachel is the former president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union Local Lodge 2210 and the San Antonio AFL-CIO. She is currently the president of the San Antonio Chapter of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement.
Rachel is married to Paul Cavazos. Together, they are small minority business owners of House of Cards and Collectibles. Their blended family includes daughters Rolanda (deceased), Desi and husband Eric, Reannon and husband Rene, Regan and Savannah, Paul Anthony and wife Sharon, William “Bear”, Ryan, and Roman. Rachel and Paul have three grandchildren Alexandra, Grant, and Rex. Rachel is a proud military mom as her sons Bear served in the U.S. Army and her son Ryan, currently serves as a reservist in the U.S. Air Force.
Rachel is a lifelong resident of San Antonio and Bexar County. Her community involvement reflects the commitment she has made and continues to make to improve the lives of the citizens of the 4th largest county in Texas.
Rachel's Former Community Involvement Include:
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar’s Citizen Advisory Committee - Member
Workforce Solutions Alamo - Board Member
South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless - Board Member
VIA Metropolitan Transit Citizens Advisory Board - Member
United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County - Board Member
The P.E.A.C.E. Initiative - Board Member
San Antonio AFL-CIO - President
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union Local Lodge 2210 - President
San Antonio Police Department Family Assistance Crisis Team - Volunteer
Interfaith Welcome Coalition - Volunteer
Community Emergency Response Team - Volunteer