About Us


areas we serve

Our History

WDC operates solely in a 15-square mile target area, serving San Antonio’s most vulnerable. The latest Westside Market Area Profile and City Data reports the WDC service area has a population of 103,944. This zone encompasses a number of impoverished neighborhoods and economically distressed census tracts. Once the cultural heart of San Antonio, this primarily Hispanic area has high unemployment rates and low educational attainment. 


The organization is committed to implementing planning and economic development initiatives that protect and preserve the culture and history but also create a viable, sustainable and thriving urban community. Through WDC’s core small business programs and revitalization efforts we work toward our mission of economic stability for the Westside.

WDC is a 501(c)(3) and city delegate agency, receiving funds from the City of San Antonio, financial institutions, private foundations and individual donors to carry out its mission.


The mission of the Westside Development Corporation (WDC) is to foster economic development, promote the development and redevelopment of real estate within its target area, create viable urban communities, and preserve the character, culture and history of the Westside.

The vision is a vibrant Westside community where people want to live, work, and visit.

Board of Directors

The WDC is governed by an 11 member board comprised of representatives from a cross-section of local stakeholders including small and large businesses, neighborhood residents, educational institutions, non-profit, health, and housing organizations.

Joseph Carreon


Daniel Yoxall

Vice Chairman

Hazel Davis

Theresa De La Haya

Lauro De Leon


Phillip Chavez

Stephen O’Donnell

Megan Legacy

Leona Pallansch

Louis Escareno

Small Business

Raquel Zapata


John Hernden

Real Estate Developer

Rod McSherry

The University of Texas at San Antonio

Ex-officio members

Roberto Carlos Trevino

Shirley Gonzales

Melissa Cabello Havrda

WDC Staff

Ramiro “Ram” Gonzales

Melinda Gonzalez

Araceli Giacomel

Small Business Helpline Associate

Robert Hernandez

Director of Finance and Philanthropy

Ileana Aleman

Director of Operations

Annual Reports

Westside Development Corporation has published the following annual reports:

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