When Jenna Saucedo-Herrera completed her B.B.A. in Marketing at the Greehey School of Business in 2009, her professors knew she’d do great things. They just didn’t know it would happen so fast.
A standout student and captain of the softball team at St. Mary’s, Saucedo-Herrera’s first job was interning with CPS Energy, the largest municipal electric utility in the nation. After graduation, she earned a full-time position as a business analyst, and in six years she became the youngest vice president in the company’s 73-year history at the age of only 29!
As CPS’ vice president of public affairs and brand management, Saucedo-Herrera managed three departments including corporate communications and marketing, corporate social responsibility, and economic development. She also reported directly to the CEO, Paula Gold-Williams, who is another St. Mary’s business graduate.
In 2016, Saucedo-Herrera’s reputation for outstanding leadership and integrity resulted in her being offered a thrilling opportunity to become president and CEO of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation. In this role, Saucedo-Herrera travels the world representing the San Antonio region with senior executives of the most innovative companies on the planet. She and her team work with corporate executives; city, county and state officials; university leaders; and many others to keep San Antonio’s economy booming.
Remembering her experiences as a St. Mary’s student she said, “My time at St. Mary’s was extremely valuable for my personal and professional growth. My professors and peers challenged me to understand the world better, to develop my business skills, and to see myself as someone destined to be a difference-maker.”
Saucedo-Herrera is a great example of how the Greehey School of Business’ graduates transform lives and build a better world every day.