Alberto Altamirano

Alberto Altamirano

2016 Ricardo Salinas Scholar, Ricardo Salinas Scholarship

Alberto Altamirano (San Antonio, Texas) deeply committed to improving the lives of people in his community, Alberto started out as a culture and arts organizer in South Texas.

Alberto Altamirano (San Antonio, Texas) deeply committed to improving the lives of people in his community, Alberto started out as a culture and arts organizer in South Texas. Alberto‚Äôs interest in public policy and community involvement has led him to work at the Texas House of Representatives, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, U.S. Senate and the U.S. Department of State. Driven by his passion in technology, policy and civic engagement, in 2015 he co-founded Cityflag, a mobile application that will allow you to report infrastructure issues such as outages, potholes and vandalism while earning rewards and building a more inclusive local government. Alberto is an advocate for civic technology. His initiative to engage Latino Millennials won him the VotoLatino Innovators Challenge and led him to receive a MacArthur Foundation Grant in 2015. Recently, Alberto gave a TEDx talk on “Civic Engagement in the Digital Age”, he spoke on citizen participation through the smart use of technology. Alberto is the Public Involvement Specialist for the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization where he motivates the community to become involved with transportation policy and planning. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Texas at Austin and an Executive Education Certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School. His focus on economics and policy has led him to serve as a contributing writer for the World Economic Forum, NPR Latino USA and Forbes Mexico. Participated in Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program Unlocking Latino Millennial Civic Potential.