Emerging Leaders


Our mission is to engage, inspire, educate and empower young professionals in the San Antonio area to make a difference through volunteerism, advocacy and philanthropy.

Open to young professionals, aged 21 to 45, who support the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County by making an annual minimum gift of $250 or volunteering 24 hours each year, members of our Emerging Leaders Council (#ELCUWSA) see firsthand the difference they make impacting lives and creating lasting change here in our local community. Membership allows you to network with other young leaders, make a difference in our community, and strengthen your personal and professional connections.


  • Give a minimum $250 annual donation to United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County
    (That’s less than $5 per week!)


  • Log 24 hours of volunteer service for the calendar year at United Way supported agencies
    (One service day per year)


Membership commitment form here.


  • Invitations to special ELC-only events
  • Special Professional/Educational programs to learn more about the nonprofits where your money is making an impact!
  • Connect and engage with other ELC members at exclusive ELC-only Social Gatherings!
  • Hands-on Volunteer Events
  • Change lives in the San Antonio community


Chair     Hannah Zunker, Valero

Vice Chair     Taylor Cunningham, SWBC

Julie Bedingfield, H-E-B

Garrett Brown, NuStar Energy

Robby Brown, DOCUmation

Jenness Gough, VelocityTX

Josh Hart, Frost Bank

Regina Jimenez, Whataburger

Loretta Kerner, Silver & Black Give Back

Lauren Mandel, Office of Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff

Kevin Matula, Zachry Group

Sara Pfeiffer, The DoSeum

Ana Rivas, VIA

Michael Rodriguez, RMYA

Rebecca Salazar, Trinity Univeristy

Isaac Saucedo, Valero

Tinsley Smith, Zachry Group

Blair Zarb, USAA

Melissa Zarb-Cousin, SA Youth

In May of 2014, the Emerging Leaders Council was only a concept with 21 corporate volunteers determined to create a giving society that would appeal to the younger generations.

For the first year, this group learned more about United Way, our partner agencies and the various programs funded by campaign contributions.

During this time, these individuals developed a mission, vision and structure for what is ELCUWSA as we know it today.

In June of 2015, we introduced ELC as the newest way to get involved with UWSA, specifically targeting new donors in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Our goal was to reach a membership of 400.

Today, ELC is 3,608 members strong. Over 1,000 are new donors to our United Way.

June 2016 may bring an end to our “original crew of 22,” but it is only the beginning for #ELCUWSA!

Together, we will continue to EMERGE UNITED.

Thank you to the following:

Chair, 2014-2016
Ben Scott
Co-Chair, 2014-2016
Regina Peña Jimenez

Advisory Council, 2014-2016
Sara Brouillard | Asia Ciaravino | TaSonia Hendrix
Jordan Mandelkorn | Katie Reynolds | Tinsley Smith

Steering Committee, 2014-2016
Edward Benavides | Mark Biegler | Garrett Brown | Heather Cronin
Taylor Cunningham | Grant Herbon | Erin Jansen | Mary Stephanie Locke
Brandon Logan | Lauren Mandel | Viraj Mehta
Sabrina Paniagua | Corinna Holt Richter | Jenna Saucedo-Herrera