Manny Pelaez is an experienced community and business leader. As an attorney, he represented more than 175 homeowner associations, thousands of homeowners, small businesses, and some of the largest employers in San Antonio. Manny was the first hire for Toyota Motor Manufacturing and served as Toyota's attorney for many years. He helped create the 4,000+ jobs that have transformed San Antonio's manufacturing landscape. After Toyota, Manny went on to represent some of the world's largest manufacturers in the automotive industry; creating more jobs and bringing serious investment to San Antonio. He also served as Chairman of the Brooks City Base Board where he led the transformation of the former Air Force base to a thriving community and the live-work-play campus it is today. Manny's leadership was instrumental in the development of over 3,000 jobs.
Today, he continues to represent homeowners, business owners, schools, banks and international companies from Japan, Spain and Latin America. Mr. Pelaez is a former Trustee of the VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority, the Advanced Transportation District, and the Metropolitan Planning Organization. Today he serves as a director on the Alamo Area Council of Governments board. He also served as the General Counsel for the Bexar County Battered Women and Children Shelter for 10 years.
As Councilman, Manny sits on the City Council Community Health and Equity, Economic and Workforce Development, Intergovernmental Relations, and Transportation committees. He also chairs the Innovation and Technology, and Municipal Courts Advisory committees.
Rate Advisory Committee - San Antonio Water Systems
Present Board Member - San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Past Board Member, Metropolitan Planning Organization for San Antonio & Bexar County
Past Trustee, Via Metropolitan Transit District (Appointed by County Commissioner)
Past Trustee, Advanced Transportation District (Appointed by County Commissioner)
Past Board Member, North San Antonio Chamber
Past Co-Chair, Municipal Bond Committee (Appointed by Mayor of San Antonio)
Past Board Member, Mayor's Library District Commission (Appointed by Mayor of San Antonio)
Past Board Member, Northern Kentucky Economic Development Foundation
Past Board Member, San Antonio Express News Advisory Board
Past Board Member, Trinity University Board of Visitors
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES & MEMBERSHIPS (Past & Present)
Board Member - State Bar of Texas, Minority Council, Steering Committee
Board Member - San Antonio Bar Foundation
Board Member - International Law Section, San Antonio Bar Association
Member - Association of Corporate Counsel
Member - American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution
Member - U.S. Mexico Bar Association Dispute Resolution Committee
Member - State Bar of Texas Dispute Resolution Section
Adjunct Professor - St. Mary's University School of Law
Pro-Bono General Counsel - Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc.
Chair - U.S. Mexico Bar Association, In-House Counsel Committee
Member - State Bar of Texas