iana Arévalo was elected State Representative for House District 116 in 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.
As a lifelong resident of Bexar County, Diana developed a career that encompasses community service with integrity. 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.
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 political career 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, 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.
Diana earned her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio, was a Fellow at the United Leaders Institute for Political Service at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and obtained a Master’s in Business Administration from Our Lady of the Lake University. She is a graduate of Incarnate Word High School. Lastly, she is graduate from the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, an Alexander E. Briseño Leadership Development Program graduate for the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and a City of San Antonio Municipal Leadership Institute graduate.