Esmeralda, a Mexican-American and multi-generational Texan, was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. She is one of four girls and has a large extended family. She has spent more than 25 years in the Austin area, with the last six years here in Leander. Esmeralda has a special needs older sister. One of the pictures on the left shows when Esmeralda spoke at the State Capitol for special needs children and young adults. Esmeralda’s family has been in Texas for hundreds of years and her family owned a ranch in South Texas.
After graduating with honors from W.B. Ray High School in Corpus Christi, Esmeralda worked hard to put herself through college and graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Major in Computer Information Systems. Esmeralda started her career off as a computer programmer for USAA. While working at the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs as well as for Texas Licensing and Regulation, Esmeralda worked and put herself through college.
Esmeralda currently works full time at Dell and has over 13 years with the company. In her time at Dell, as well as previously with General Motors, she has held roles as Business Architect, Product Owner, Product Manager, Enterprise Architect and Program/Project Manager. During her tenure at Dell, she was awarded a patent for a System and Method for Managing Images Using a Parent-Child Relationship, worked on multi-million dollar programs (specifically planning and portfolio roadmaps). While at General Motors, Esmeralda served on Texas-wide Hispanic recruitment teams and participated in women organizations. Esmeralda regularly attends the Texas Women’s Conference. Esmeralda is a member of the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC).
Esmeralda enjoys time at home with her two children and her fiance. Her passions outside of work include volunteering, 3D printing, sewing, and traveling. Esmeralda has spent much of her free time during the pandemic as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, sewing masks, 3D printing face shields for her community, and assisting her children adjust to the challenges of virtual education in the Leander ISD school system. Esmeralda has helped hundreds of people get an appointment for a vaccine.