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JUSTIN RODRIGUEZ    |     Chairman/Mayoral Designee

Born and raised in San Antonio, Justin is a proud lifelong resident of San Antonio’s west side. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of the Incarnate Word and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Justin began his career in public service as a juvenile prosecutor for the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office where he worked diligently to assist young offenders in their rehabilitative efforts. Elected to the Board of Trustees of the San Antonio Independent School District in 2004, Justin served in that role for three years before being elected to the San Antonio City Council and representing District 7 for two terms from 2007-2011. Improving the quality of life for residents by enhancing educational outcomes and creating economic opportunities for hardworking families has always been his focus. In 2012, Justin was elected to the Texas House of Representatives. Serving three full terms as State Representative for House District 125, he was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. During his time in the Legislature, Justin advocated for increased access to and affordability of higher education, voting rights, and accessible and affordable healthcare for all Texans. A strong advocate for San Antonio and Bexar County on the House Appropriations Committee, he sought and secured several leadership roles during his tenure including Deputy Whip for the House Democratic Caucus and was part of the leadership team of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus. On January 4, 2019, Justin was appointed to serve as Bexar County Commissioner for Precinct 2 and is filling the first two years of the unexpired term of long-time Commissioner Paul Elizondo. For his service, Justin has been recognized as a “40 Under 40” Rising Star by the San Antonio Business Journal and was named one of the “20 Latino Democrats to Watch Over the Next 20 Years” by the Houston Chronicle. Justin and his wife Victoria are raising their three children near the campus of St. Mary’s University in the heart of San Antonio’s west side.
LARRY A. REED    |     Vice-Chairman Retired Fire Trustee

Larry Reed is a Retired Fire Department Captain and represents the Retired Firefighters as Trustee on the Fire and Police Pension Fund. He previously served as the Active Firefighter Trustee from 1985-1999 and the Fund's Executive Director from 1999-2003. In addition, Larry was elected by Firefighter Pension Funds across Texas as a Director of the Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems (TEXPERS) from 1998-2005. In 2010, he was again elected to the TEXPERS Board of Directors. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Generation Federal Credit Union for over 35 years and is currently the Board Chairman. Federal Credit Union for over 20 years. Larry is a 1976 graduate of the University of Texas-San Antonio with a BBA in Finance. Larry has previously served as Board Chairman and currently serves on the Disability Committee, Investment Committee and is Chairman of the Legislative Committee.
ADRIANA ROCHA GARCIA    |     Board Secretary, Councilwoman

A life-long resident of San Antonio, Adriana Rocha Garcia, Ph.D. was raised in and continues to call Southwest San Antonio home. Dr. Garcia has a passion for working with organizations that help San Antonio’s most underrepresented demographics. Raised in a Spanish-speaking household to parents with a first and second grade Mexican education, she became the first in her family with a college degree. Dr. Garcia received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, to stay in town to care for her parents. Upon graduation from Incarnate Word, she was offered a job in the university’s Office of Public Relations and completed her Master’s degree from the same university one year later. In 2004, she was in a cohort of 12 students accepted into the University of Texas at Austin's Doctoral Advertising program, where ten years and many miles later, she became one of the first Hispanics to earn a Ph.D. in Advertising from UT’s prestigious Moody College of Communication. Dr. Garcia has held various administrative and consulting communications and marketing positions throughout her life, in organizations like SAMMinistries Furniture for A Cause, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the City of San Antonio, Southwest ISD, and Project QUEST. Today, Dr. Garcia is molding tomorrow’s leaders as an Assistant Marketing Professor at Our Lady of the Lake University, where she teaches marketing in the School of Business and Leadership.
DEAN R. PEARSON    |     Active Fire Trustee

Dean was first elected in April 2012 to serve as Active Fire Trustee of the Fire and Police Pension Fund, and was re-elected in May 2013. He is currently a Fire Engineer in the San Antonio Fire Department. Dean currently serves on the Fund's Investment Committee, Personnel/Audit Committee, and is Chairman of the Disability Committee.
HARRY GRIFFIN    |     Retired Police Trustee

Assistant Chief of Police Harry Griffin retired in 2010 after 34 years of service with the San Antonio Police Department. Harry has served on the Board of Trustees of the Fire and Police Pension Fund, San Antonio for 32 years, 19 while active and the past 13 as the retired police trustee. Harry graduated from Texas State University in 1974 and the FBI National Academy in 1999. He served as a council member for the City of Selma Texas from 1990-2000, a suburb of San Antonio. Harry was recently elected to his 9th four-year term on the Pension Board. Harry and his wife Katherine (Kay) have been married for 47 years and have two children, Patrick and Karry, and four grandchildren.
SHAWN GRIFFIN    |     Active Fire Trustee

Shawn Griffin is a San Antonio native who has a passion for service. He graduated from St. Mary’s University in the spring of 1997 with a BA in Public Justice. He then joined the San Antonio Fire Department in 1998. Shawn has served in the SAFD in numerous roles. He has served as a paramedic in both the EMS and Fire Divisions and is currently the Division Chief of Facilities. He has served the members of the SAFD as a member of the Peer Support Team, Chaplain, and has served on the boards of the San Antonio Fire Fighters Benevolent Fund as well as being a founding member of The Responders First Foundation. Shawn was elected to the San Antonio Fire and Police Pension Fund Board in September of 2022, and serves on the Personnel Committee and the SA F&P Holding Corp.
JIM SMITH    |     Active Police Trustee

Jim enlisted in the Ohio Army National Guard in 1983 and is a graduate of Kent State University where he graduated in 1987. After graduation he was commissioned into the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant, Medical Service Corps officer. Jim remained on active duty until 1992, as a Captain, when he joined the San Antonio Police Department. He currently holds the rank of Sergeant where he supervises the Asset Forfeiture unit. Jim has over 31 years of active service. He had also served as an Executive board member of the Hispanic Police Officers Organization for nearly 10 years and served 6 years as an Executive Board member of the San Antonio Police Officers Association until he was elected as a trustee to the San Antonio Fire and Police Pension Fund (SAFPPF) in 2010. Jim had recently served three and a half years as Chairman of the SAFPPF and is currently the Chairman of the Investment committee. Jim continues to serve on the board of directors for the Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems (TEXPERS), where he had served as President. Jim also serves as a board member of the Generations Federal Credit Union.
AMANDA VIERA    |     Active Police Trustee

Amanda Viera is the first woman elected to serve on the Pension Fund’s Board of Trustees as a representative for active police officers. A San Antonio native, Amanda joined the San Antonio Police Department in 2003 where she is currently assigned to the Traffic Unit. Amanda is a dedicated servant to her peers and has volunteered her time to the members of the San Antonio Police Officer’s Association for over a decade and a half. She currently serves as Secretary of the SAPOA Executive Board and as a Trustee to the Group Legal Board. Amanda was elected to the SAFPPF Board in February 2023 and serves as its Chairwoman to the Personnel/Audit Committee, Second Vice President to the Property Holding Corporation and sits on the Investment Committee. Amanda is also a former business owner, closing her security company during Covid-19.
MARC WHYTE    |     Councilman

Marc Whyte was elected to San Antonio's City Council for District 10 in May 2023. He was involved in the grassroots of City Council District 10 as a member of his own neighborhood association (Marymont) as well as serving on the board of the Northeast Neighborhood Alliance. Additionally, Marc has served on the City of San Antonio’s Ethics Review Board, the City’s Bond Committee (Parks) and on the Board at the Port of San Antonio. Most recently, from 2019 to 2023 he served as District 10’s Zoning Commissioner, while at that same time serving on the State of Texas’s Public Transportation Advisory Committee (Abbott appointee). Marc has also been active in other community endeavors, including serving on the Board of the Faith Family Clinic, as President of the Defense Counsel of San Antonio, and as a member of the Valero Alamo Bowl Committee. He is also an alumnus of Leadership San Antonio (Class 40), and a member of the San Antonio Rotary Club.