HCA Board Member Dr. Francine Romero

Francine is an Associate Dean and Associate Professor in the College of Public Policy at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  One of her research areas is local land use policy, including open space protection strategies.  She chairs San Antonio’s Conservation Advisory Board, which recommends expenditures of the $100 million fund for purchase of land/conservation easements over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, and serves as San Antonio’s District 8 Zoning Commissioner and Vice Chair of the Commission. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside.  Francine focuses her research on the institutional determinants of public policy, and has authored two books and numerous articles. Her recent work focuses in particular on land use policy, with recent publications on municipal annexation and the logic of open space protection.  In the area of community service, Francine has served on the City of San Antonio Planning Commission, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Mayor Ivy Taylor’s Charter Review Committee, and numerous bond recommendation and oversight committees.