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Cathy and Robert A. Estrada

Cathy and Robert A. Estrada

Cathy Estrada

A Fort Worth native, Cathy Estrada is a community leader with a well-known passion for advances in public education and equal opportunities for all children. She honed her knowledge of the public education system as a high school teacher for many years in Crowley Independent School District, where she taught after earning her Master's degree in Educational Administration from Texas Christian University. Her Bachelor's degree in Political Science is from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.

As a daughter of a Speech Therapist in the Fort Worth Independent School District for over 35 years, Cathy was compelled to stay connected to education advocacy after leaving the classroom. She has served on the Board of Directors of Communities in Schools of Tarrant County for over 10 years, and was a gubernatorial appointee to the Communities in Schools State Advisory Board at the Texas Education Agency, in addition to serving on the CIS Foundation Board.

In 2012, Cathy Estrada was asked to serve on the Uplift Education Fort Worth Advisory Board. She succeeded the Honorable George P. Bush as chair of that board in 2014. Most recently, Cathy has joined the board of Reading Partners.

Cathy' s commitment to at-risk children stems from personal experience - she was awarded guardianship of her nephew when he was 18 months old.

Mrs. Estrada is also a patron of the arts. She enjoys opera and the supporting the many museums in the community. Other board involvement includes serving on the state Psychology Board, and as a Delegate for the Anglican Convention.

She is married to Robert Estrada, an attorney and investment banker, together they have six children, and a growing number of grandchildren.

Robert A. Estrada

Mr. Estrada, an attorney at law, is Chairman Emeritus of Estrada Hinojosa & Company, Inc., an investment banking firm he co-founded in 1992, which has evolved into a full service investment bank, specializing in municipal financial advisory and bond underwriting services. In addition to its Dallas headquarters, Estrada Hinojosa has offices in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Chicago, Miami, New York, and Los Angeles. From October 1, 1997 until September 30, 2000, Mr. Estrada served a three year term on the Board of Directors of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB), a self-regulatory organization which sets standards for the municipal securities industry. Mr. Estrada was designated Chairman of the MSRB during his third year on the Board. Mr. Estrada is also past chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Municipal Advisory Council of Texas (the "MAC").

In November 2001, Mr. Estrada was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System where he served until February 2008. As a regent, he was Chairman of the Audit, Compliance and Management Review Committee and served on the Facilities Planning and Construction Committee, the Academic Affairs Committee, and the Student, Faculty, and Staff Campus Life Committee.

From 1990 to 1994, Mr. Estrada served on the Board of Directors for the Student Loan Marketing Association ("Sallie Mae") in Washington, D.C. and was a member of the Board's Executive Committee. Mr. Estrada is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Trinity River Authority of Texas and has served on the Policy Board of the Texas Department of Commerce.

Mr. Estrada served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from 2004 to 2010. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Greater Dallas Regional Chamber and has been active in the Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and has chaired its Foundation Board. Mr. Estrada serves on the Board of Directors of Oncor Electric Delivery LLC, a Dallas based company, and chairs its Audit Committee. He also served on the Executive Committee of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee for the Super Bowl game played on February 6, 2011. In addition, he has served on the boards of numerous community and arts organizations, such as The Dallas Opera. In 1989 and again in 2005, Hispanic Business magazine named Bob Estrada among the 100 most influential Hispanics in America.

During his years of active bond law practice, Bob Estrada worked with the prominent bond law firm of Hutchison Boyle Brooks & Fisher, Attorneys at Law, where he represented numerous public entities in the Southwest. Mr. Estrada received his Bachelor of Science degree and his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas at Austin and in 2018 was designated a Distinguished Alumnus. He is an active member of the Texas Bar Association and is also a Registered Principal with the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board and holds various other securities licenses.

In addition to his business and legal credentials, Mr. Estrada has extensive experience in government service. He has served in The White House as a Special Assistant to former President George H. W. Bush and is a former State Director for the late United States Senator John Tower. He also served in the United States Air Force. A native of Mexico City, Mexico, he is a U.S. Citizen who considers Brownsville, Texas his hometown and has spent most of his adult life in Austin and Dallas and now resides in Fort Worth, Texas. He is married to Catherine Bernell Estrada and together, they have six children.

Posted on March 31, 2016.