ALFONSO V. VELARDE is the Executive Director of the Paso del Norte Children’s Development Center and has been leading the organization since January of 2017. He is leading an organization that is considered El Paso’s primary agency for providing therapy to children with special needs and supportive services to their families.
Prior to becoming the Executive Director at the PDN CDC, Mr. Velarde was the Executive Director of the Child Crisis Center of El Paso and was in that capacity for 12 years. He worked at the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso for 2 ½ years where he achieved the position of Division Director of Housing Programs and Community Affairs. Mr. Velarde’s first career was with the El Paso Police Department where he retired as a Police Sergeant after 21 years of working in various assignments with the Department.
In addition to his career in public service, Mr. Velarde also contributes his time to supporting social and community good. He is currently a School Board Trustee for the El Paso Independent School District representing the Burges and Jefferson High School feeder patterns and he is a board member for the Central Appraisal District. He is also currently board member of the Mexican American School Board Association (MASBA). Mr. Velarde has served on many other important boards and committees including being a committee member on the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Public Private Partnership, board member for the Texas Alliance on Children and Families, board member for Community En Accion, and board member for the El Paso Coalition for the Homeless. EPISD Bond Accountability Committee, 2007 Bond Election PAC and Amigo Airsho are some of other boards and committees where Mr. Velarde contributed time..
Mr. Velarde earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Texas El Paso and is a graduate of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas Leadership Command College. Mr. Velarde successfully completed Leadership TASB (Texas Association of School Boards), the Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s REALIZE Health Leaders Cohort #2 and Leadership El Paso, Class 28.
On his off time, Mr. Velarde is a football referee and has been officiating high school football games for the past 13 years. He has lived in El Paso his entire life, is married to his wife Laura, is father to three children and has four grandchildren.