Mario Bravo, a multi-generation Texan, has established himself as a leader in the environmental policy community. A product of public school education, he decided early on to devote his life to civic engagement. Coming from a family of construction laborers, educators and military service members, Mario learned early on the importance of hard work. From an early age he helped his family and learned how to operate a jackhammer, dig ditches, and tend a garden, while also excelling in school. It was from this upbringing that his commitment to his community and service was cultivated.
With the encouragement of his parents and siblings, Mario graduated from Clark High School and took advantage of a scholarship to start college early, pursuing a degree in history with a minor in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994. He was introduced to the world of policy and politics while in Austin. Under the mentorship of a political activist and civil rights lawyer, he ventured into political campaigns. Mario served in various roles on judicial, state representative, mayoral, issue-based, and presidential races. His experience on campaigns solidified his beliefs in the democratic process and the importance of electing individuals to office who reflect the values of the communities in which they serve.
Inspired by his campaign work and a desire to learn how to craft and implement effective policy, Mario took his experience to the next level and pursued a master’s degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, graduating in 2014. He then began working for the Environmental Defense Fund as their TX Outreach Specialist and returned to his home town of San Antonio. His mission is to increase awareness of and public engagement around improving our air quality and reducing our impact on climate change. Some of his accomplishments include helping to successfully advocate for our community to begin developing a climate action and adaptation plan and adding an air quality monitor to the west side of San Antonio.
Having a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of environmental, public health, economic development and education issues, Mario believes the county can and should be doing more in the service of our community. Mario will bring his experience, focus, and hard work ethic to the Bexar County Commissioners Court and move us toward the prosperous future we deserve. Mario is a New Leaders Council San Antonio 2017 Fellow and serves as the Advocacy Board Chair for the US Green Building Council South Texas Chapter.