Roland A. Peña, a public affairs specialist with the Lower Colorado River Authority, has been hired as the City of San Angelo’s Economic Development director.
“Not only do I get to return to West Texas, but I’ll be honing in on the work I love most – economic development."--Roland Pena.
Pena served in board level positions in Economic Development in several Texas Hill Country communities. From 1993-96, he was an economic development specialist in El Paso and in Abilene. Since then he worked for WTU and American Electric Power. Peña has worked for the LCRA, the last four years as a public affairs specialist based in Austin.
Interim Economic Development Director Bob Schneeman put his name in the hat for the job. Schneeman served as interim for nearly a year after Shawn Lewis moved to Longmont, Colorado to join former City Manager Harold Dominguez. Lewis built quite an economic development empire before leaving for higher elevations. It will be interesting to see what Roland Pena builds now that he's returned to his first love after seventeen years.