Rocío Guenther is a highly-skilled professional who grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico and bridges two countries, two cultures, and two languages. Rocío currently works as Director of Constituent Services at San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg’s Office and is actively pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration at The University of Texas at San Antonio. She also serves as the Mayor’s LGBTQIA+ liaison by acting as a conduit between the Mayor and his LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee.
Rocío previously served as an International Relations Specialist at the City of San Antonio’s Global Engagement Office where she helped plan and coordinate visits by foreign dignitaries, such as a historic visit by Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain for San Antonio’s Tricentennial, which involved research, protocol procedures, crafting itineraries, managing guest lists for official events, and preparing speaking points for the Mayor, City Manager, and other officials. She actively promoted San Antonio’s role on the global stage and helped manage San Antonio’s official Sister City relationships by promoting cultural, educational, and economic exchanges.
From June 2016 to October 2017, Rocío worked as a bilingual reporter and editorial assistant for the San Antonio Report (formerly the Rivard Report). While there, she wrote more than 300 articles on topics including the Latino population, U.S.-Mexico relations, immigration, international trade, city planning and economic development, and overall local politics. Her work has also been featured on DemocracyNOW!, PRI’s the World, Fusion, Buzzfeed, Latino Rebels, and the Harvard Law School‘s Fair Punishment Project.
In April 2017, Rocío was invited to be a guest speaker at the renowned International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) for a panel titled “Bridging the Border/Creando Puentes en la Frontera.” During the event, she and KRTU journalist Joy Diaz spoke about issues facing journalists reporting on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Rocío holds a bachelor’s in English with a minor in political science from Trinity University. During her time as a student, she interned with the Office of U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro and wrote about local food trends for Edible San Antonio Magazine. Rocío enjoys traveling and exploring the great outdoors in her free time. Her passion lies at the intersection of writing and politics.