Border Trade Advisory Committee

Rigoberto VillarrealRigoberto Villarreal

Superintendent of Bridges - McAllen-Hidalgo and Anzalduas International Bridges

On Oct.11, 2010, Rigoberto Villarreal was appointed superintendent of McAllen-Hidalgo and Anzalduas International Bridges. He oversees the operations of two of the highest traveled bridges in the Rio Grande Valley. His extensive background in public administration, community and public relations and management of government projects and services is utilized in his continuous efforts for improvements towards the success of both bridges.

Most recently, Villarreal became a board member of the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR), where he provides technology leadership, solutions and value to Texas state government, education, and local government entities to enable and facilitate the fulfillment of their core missions.

Currently, Villarreal serves as an executive board member to the Border Trade Alliance (BTA). The BTA is a non-profit organization that serves as a forum for participants to address key issues affecting trade, travel and security in North America.

Villarreal is also a member of the Rio Grande Valley Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Texas Freight Advisory Committee for the Texas Department of Transportation from 2013 to 2014. He served as a member of the Border Master Plans Committee from 2011 to 2014, which was implemented by the U.S./Mexico Joint Working Committee on Transportation Planning, the Federal Highway Administration and the U.S. Department of State to improve transportation infrastructure on Ports of Entry and allocate funding.

In 2004 Villarreal was the public relations coordinator for state house seat, district 36, where he served in an advisory capacity and represented the office at public events when Rep. Flores was unavailable. He also provided input and researched house and senate bills affecting district 36. Later, in 2007 Villarreal served as chief of staff for Hidalgo County Judge JD Salinas. He reported directly to the county judge and served as liaison between the office and its departments.

Villarreal’s previous community involvement and professional experience consists of program administrator for the Office of the Attorney General, South Texas Community College Advisory committee member, Governor Rick Perry appointee to the Private Prison Oversight Authority Board and Hidalgo County Civil Service Commission, member and chairperson.

Villarreal attended University of Texas, Pan American where he earned a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’ degree in public administration.