Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Sylvia Carrillo

An Outstanding Islander

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Strengthening the Community

Alumnus Sylvia Carrillo has gone from intern to expert in public administration in just 10 years. Carrillo received a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2002 and a Master of Public Administration from the Island University in 2004.

When Carrillo came to the University, she was interested in city government, so she took an internship at the City of Corpus Christi. Since then, she has worked her way up to the prestigious position of City Manager of Aransas Pass. She was selected by the City Council on Jan. 4, 2013.

As City Manager, Carrillo oversees the overall operations of the City of Aransas Pass including finances, policies, human resources, and management of key infrastructure. She also works to develop a staff, which can lead by example, excel in their positions, and reduce the economic burden on taxpayers.

"I have a passion and love what I do," said Carrillo. "I love to be able to drive a community, and know I had a part in some of its successes."

While attending the University, she met Dr. Jo Rios and Dr. Daniel Jorgensen who both encouraged her to pursue her MPA. It was also during this time that Carrillo met Corpus Christi City Manager Skip Noe who gave her an internship, which helped her gain valuable experience.  Having held several careers, Carrillo has learned how to manage her time effectively and take on many roles in the community.

"I learned to never give up," she said.  "I worked full time while I was earning my degree and had a family to raise. I was living in Calallen, working in Ingleside, and driving to the University four nights a week."

As a result of the University programs geared toward non-traditional students and assistance from her professors, Carrillo was successful in achieving her degrees.  

Carrillo has been in the public sector for more than 15 years, with more than 10 years of local government experience. Prior to joining the City of Aransas Pass, she was the Assistant Director of Development Services in Corpus Christi, Texas. She is a Certified Public Manager by the State of Texas, and a Certified Floodplain Manager by the Federal Emergency Management Association.

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