s a lifelong resident of Bexar County, Diana has embarked on a career path filled with community service that honors her San Antonio roots. She advocates for causes related to access to quality education, affordable healthcare, and firmly believes that Texas citizens’ civic engagement forms the foundation for authority and legitimacy in the elections process.
As a proud member of the community Diana received her primary education from San Antonio schools. Diana then earned her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio. While at UTSA she was a Fellow at the United Leaders Institute for Political Service at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and she went on to obtain a Master’s in Business Administration from Our Lady of the Lake University. She is a graduate of Incarnate Word High School. To further her education, Diana attended the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, she is an Alexander E. Briseño Leadership Development Program graduate for the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and she is a City of San Antonio Municipal Leadership Institute graduate.
Representative Diana Arévalo was elected to House District 116 in November 2016. Her leadership role in the 85th State Legislature includes serving on the following legislative committees: Public Health, Defense and Veterans’ Affairs, and Rules and Resolutions. In addition, she is a member of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, Texas Veterans Caucus, and the House Democratic Caucus. She also serves on the Healthcare Committee for the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. At the end of the legislative session, Diana was named “Freshman of the Year” by the Legislative Study Group Caucus. In addition, she received the “Patient Protector” Award from the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists.
During the legislative session, Arévalo authored and passed House Bill 1081 (H.B. 1081), which expands eligibility for the New Instructional Facilities Allotment (NIFA). The New Instructional Facilities Allotment provides financial support to schools opening new facilities. Current law limits eligibility for the New Instructional Facilities Allotment to newly constructed schools. However, with the passage of H.B. 1081, more schools will have to access funding which will allow them to expand their institutions of learning. Arévalo worked closely with the San Antonio Independent School District to make this law a reality.
In addition, Arévalo co-authored bills relating to: prohibiting certain sex offenders from residing on the campus of a public or private institution of higher education, mental health screenings under the Texas Health Steps program, establishing and funding a grant program for testing evidence collected in relation to sexual assaults or other sex offenses, are and transportation provided to a sexual assault survivor by a healthcare facility, notice of health benefit plan provider network status provided by certain freestanding emergency medical care facilities, and more.
In her profession, she serves as the Executive Director of the Network for Young Artists, an after-school affordable music education program that provides classes to children in the Deco District and Haven for Hope. Her previous experience includes managing the 2014 Bexar County Democratic Primary, 57th Presidential Inaugural Committee, 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee, working for Fortune 500 Companies such as USAA, and Live Nation Ticketmaster.
She began her career in public service through internships and fellowships for: the White House in the Executive Office of the President (Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs) , U.S. Department of Education in the Office of the Under Secretary for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of the Secretary in the White House Liaison Office, U.S. Senate, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Texas Legislature, and San Antonio City Council.
In the community, Diana has served on the: San Antonio Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women, City of San Antonio Convention and Visitors Commission, the City of San Antonio’s Solid Waste Management Department’s Community Focus Group (which created the 2020 Recycling & Resource Recovery Plan), the Via Metropolitan Transit Citizens Advisory Council, and the Environmental Health Oversight Committee for City Public Service. She served on the Area Business Council Steering Committee for The Greater Chamber of Commerce, Government Affairs Committee for the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, taught a “Marketing 101” workshop for the City of San Antonio’s Neighborhood Commercial Revitalization Program, was a Mentor for Communities in Schools at Thomas Jefferson High School, and taught personal finance to eighth grade students for Junior Achievement of South Texas.