Ramiro Cavazos, the longtime CEO of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, is leaving the post to become the CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Erika Prosper, chairwoman of the local chamber, notified the chamber’s board of directors late Thursday.
“I write to let you know that our very own President & CEO Ramiro Cavazos has been offered an opportunity to take his skills and talent, forged and strengthened right here in San Antonio, to the next level,” she wrote in an email. “I am proud to announce that Ramiro has been asked to take over the duties of President & CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.”
A spokeswoman for the U.S. chamber declined to comment, saying the organization would post about the position on its website once the hiring becomes official.
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said Cavazos’ imminent promotion is a hefty win for San Antonio. He’s known Cavazos “forever,” the judge said, noting that Cavazos had been his campaign manager during his successful bid for mayor.
“I think that’s a big step forward for us as a community to have him as the head of the national Hispanic chamber,” Wolff said. “Going to the national level — that’s a huge, huge step.”