News from the Bush School

Bush School Grad Named Border Trade Alliance President

February 03, 2010

The Border Trade Alliance (BTA) recently hired Nelson Balido as the organization’s new president. Located in Phoenix, AZ, the Border Trade Alliance is a grassroots, non-profit organization that serves as a forum for participants to address issues relevant to trade and economic development in North America.

The BTA represents a network of 1.8 million public and private sector entities with a wide range of border interests.  These entities include business leaders, academic institutions, manufacturers, chambers of commerce and customs brokers, as well as federal, state, and local government officials and agencies.

A graduate of Texas Tech University, Balido earned a graduate certificate in advanced international affairs from the Bush School of Government and Public Service in 2007.  Balido, a San Antonio native, has extensive experience in the public and private sectors.

His career includes time at SBC Communications (now known as AT&T) , where he served as the director of multicultural marketing. Most recently Balido worked at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, where he directed the agency’s private sector division and earned the Department of Homeland Security Award of Excellence.

Balido has extensive experience in the area of border security, having served on the Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council for two years and earned the DHS Distinguished Public Service Medal for his tenure.