For the past seventeen years, Estrella Escobar has been part of the executive team of President Diana Natalicio at the University of Texas at El Paso, most recently in her position as Assistant Vice President of Foreign Affairs and Communications, assisting in the day-to-day operation and management of the University, which has a budget of more than $500 million, a research investment of more than $90 million, 4,000 employees and more than 25,000 students. Escobar also heads the University’s External Relations Division, which includes the University Communication, University Relations and University Events Departments. Escobar is responsible for managing the University’s image, including marketing, press relations, social networking, community and cyber presence, and university events. She directs the Office of the President, is part of the executive crisis and emergency group and is appointed as the University’s protocol officer.
Escobar is a member of the Binational Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research of the United States and Mexico, is a member of the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas, is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas, the most recent President of the El Paso Executive Forum and is a member of the Board of Directors of Museums and Cultural Affairs of the City of El Paso. Escobar is a member of Texas Lyceum, the Hispanic Leaders Association, and Leadership Texas. Escobar participated as a member of the international Rotary International exchange program in Brazil, and the Young Hispanic Leaders program supported by the Carolina Foundation at the Menéndez Pelayo International University in Santander, Spain.
Prior to her arrival at the University of Texas at El Paso, Escobar served as Executive Assistant to the Municipal President of El Paso, Texas, directing the state and federal legislative agenda for the municipality and foreign affairs and press; as Director of Special Projects for the Attorney General’s Office for the Judicial District; and as Director of Special Projects for the Attorney General’s Office. 34 in El Paso, Huspeth and Culberson counties, including all criminal cases in the region, and in Washington, D.C. as Director at Public Strategies Washington, Inc. a government relations consulting firm, focusing her efforts on international trade, binational and border issues, and transportation.
Escobar earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from the University of Texas at El Paso. She is trilingual in English, Spanish and Portuguese. And she is a proud resident of the binational and bicultural region of El Paso, Texas.
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