COMMITMENT TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together (MATT) is a bi-national foundation focused on building bridges of understanding and cooperation between the United States and Mexico.  Every day, we are motivated to cultivate relationships of genuine friendship and identify areas of opportunity to contribute to the greatness and prosperity of the North American region. As a result of our rich, complex, history and geography, we share huge economic interests, a united vision, and a prosperous future together.


Very few countries in the world have a connection as strong, dynamic, and influential as the one between our two nations as neighbors. Fortunately for Mexicans and Americans, we are two countries with strong identities that complement one another, share vast natural resources, and alike in our keen ability to overcome challenges.


That’s why I feel very honored to preside over and contribute all my energy to building a platform for MATT, one of reflection, action, long-term planning and the discovery of opportunities that have the greatest unified impact for our communities.


Based on this philosophy, MATT pioneered a study of migration and implemented the program, “Yo soy Mexico,” enabling the employment of thousands of people who returned to Mexico in search of work. Our “Maestro en Casa” program has helped thousands of Mexicans to understand the culture, lifestyle, language and the best way to integrate into American society. Technological innovation in our online English programs has allowed us to break language barriers for thousands of young people and adults.


Currently, we promote the training of Mexican public officials at the municipal level to better integrate return migrants into their communities, and we also promote programs to improve the training of medical service providers in the country. We continually encourage dialogue and build solutions among border states. Launching the “Bordernomics” initiative just last year, which reflects on the data of our shared border study which shows the importance and the untapped potential of the border region.


Personally, MATT is definitely a huge source of pride. In the coming years, our foundation will continue its efforts to explore best practices and the best ways to strengthen friendship and exchanges for the benefit of our people and the benefit of these great nations, Mexico and the United States of America.

Alonso Ancira Elizondo

Chairman of the Board,

Foundation for Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together

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Executive board
Lic. Alonso Ancira

Lic. Alonso Ancira

President of the Mexican Industrial Consortium Altos Hornos de Mexico (AHMSA). He is a member of the Latin American Institute of Iron and Steel and on the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Iron and Steel and Steel Industry of the United States. He was chairman of the National Committee of the Iron and Steel Mexico (CANACERO) and the Commission for the Study of Private Sector for Sustainable Development (CESPEDES). Ancira was recognized as International Executive of the Year in 1992 by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Executive of the Year by the Industrial Association in 1996.
Dr. James S. Pignatelli

Dr. James S. Pignatelli

Chairman and CEO of Millennium Energy Holdings, Inc. and MDA National Vice President. He is a member of the Board of Evergreen Energy, Unisource Energy Company, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Arizona and ElectroRent. In 2009, he teamed up with Unisource to fund the James S. and Dyan Pignatelli / Unisource Clinical Chair for Audiologic Rehabilitation in Adults at the University of Arizona.
José Horacio Gomez, S.T.D.

Jose Horacio Gomez, DTS

The current Archbishop of Los Angeles. For more than a decade he has been a voice of compassion and reason about morality and spirituality in public life and American cultural issues, playing a leading role in the efforts of the Catholic Church to promote immigration reform. He is vice president of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of the United States and papal member of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. In addition, he was the Pope for the Synod of Bishops for New Evangelization 2012 and a representative of the Catholic Bishops of the United States at the Synod on the Family.

Ernesto Ancira Jr.

Listed as the first Hispanic owner of an automobile dealership in the United States of America. He acquired a Chevrolet agency in partnership with Ralph Winton, creating Ancira-Winton Chevrolet. Currently, he has 12 car dealerships and one RV dealership spread throughout Texas.
A business woman who created, developed and sold three highly profitable companies, she has ample experience in health, transport, labor and economic development. She has held public office as a commissioner representing employers in the State of Texas through the "Texas Workforce Commission." She was the first Latina to hold the position as Secretary of State. She also served as Ambassador for Economic Development, leading numerous international trade missions to promote and expand business in Texas and create hundreds of new jobs. From 2003 to 2008, Hope served as Commissioner and President of the Texas Transportation Commission, one of the only two women in this position in the history of this department.

Hope Andrade

A businesswoman who has created, developed, and sold three highly profitable companies, she has ample experience in health, transport, labor, and economic development. She has held public office as a commissioner representing employers in the State of Texas through the “Texas Workforce Commission.” She was the first Latina to hold the position as Secretary of State. She also served as Ambassador for Economic Development, leading numerous international trade missions to promote and expand business in Texas and create hundreds of new jobs. From 2003 to 2008, Hope served as Commissioner and President of the Texas Transportation Commission, one of the only two women in this position in the history of this department.
Janet L. Rogozinski

Janet L. Rogozinski

She has had a career of leadership in the non-profit arena in Mexico and the United States. She focuses on building and strengthening community organizations to meet the challenges of health and education. She also promotes sustainability and effectiveness of local NGOs by creating communication strategies to diversify funding sources, both locally and abroad. She is committed to forging a path between the public and private sectors of both countries to enhance and encourage participation in development projects.

Dr. Raúl Ramos

Graduating with a doctorate from the University of Nuevo Leon in Mexico, he completed his internship and then took up residence in San Antonio, Texas. He attended the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. He has been on the clinical faculty of Health Science Center at the University of Texas for more than 20 years. He has also presented in seminars worldwide and participates in civic and educational activities in the United States and Mexico.
Father David H. Garcia

Father David H. García

He is the administrator of Mission Concepción and the director of the Old Spanish Missions of San Antonio, Texas.  Ordained in 1975, he was rector of San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, from 1995 to 2008. Since 2008 he has been the Senior Adviser of Clergy Outreach for Catholic Relief Services. In 2001, his parish, the Cathedral of San Fernando, was included in the list for excellent Catholic Parishes. Under his leadership, Old Spanish Missions received eight awards for restoration work, including the prestigious Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation Texas between 2011 and 2014.
John Sharp

John Sharp

Since September 2011, he has been the chancellor of the University System of Texas A&M, directing one of the largest university systems in the United States. Between 1978 and 1997, he held several public offices in Texas; in 1978, he was elected to the House of Representatives and in 1982, he won election to the Senate. Four years later, he was elected member of the Railroad Commission of Texas. He also was elected Texas State Comptroller in 1990 and re-elected in 1994.

Mission

To bridge the gaps of understanding and quality of life between Mexico and the United States, so we can truly prosper together.
MANAGEMENT TEAM
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Aracely Garcia-Granados

Executive Director

aracely@matt.org

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Mónica López

Director in Mexico

monicalopez@matt.org

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Mauricio Tobias

Finance Director

mauricio@matt.org

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Jonathan Peterson-Ruiz

Senior Program Analyst

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Miguel Herrera Flores

Legislative Policy Analyst

miguel@matt.org

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Alvaro Monterrosa

Web Technician

alvaro@matt.org

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Jennitzel González

Executive Assistant

jennitzel@matt.org

Advisors
Enrrique Berruga MATT FOUNDATION Advisor

Enrique Berruga

Advisor Mexico-Estados Unidos

Jesús Ramírez

Political Advisor at the State and Federal Level

Julio Franco Corzo

International Consultant in Public Policies

Gerardo García

Public Policies Advisor

Gaby Luongo

Public Policies Advisor