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Former HUD Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Joins SAWS

imageJaime Castillo, who served as assistant secretary for public affairs to former U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro, will become the Chief of Staff/Chief Strategy Officer for the Office of the President/CEO. His appointment is effective Aug. 7.

Castillo most recently served as director of public affairs for GDC Marketing & Ideation in San Antonio. Prior to that, he spent eight years in communications and public affairs roles in San Antonio City Hall and in Washington D.C.

As the assistant secretary for public affairs at HUD, he led a 30-member public affairs team for nearly three years and spearheaded the creation of HUD’s first-ever team dedicated to social media and rapid response. He was also responsible for speechwriting, internal and external relations, and broadcast and public engagement for the Cabinet agency.

Castillo spent an additional five years working with Castro as his chief of staff and communications director while he was mayor of San Antonio before joining him in Washington, D.C. at HUD. During his time with the mayor’s office, Jaime helped develop strategy for successful major ballot initiatives such as Pre-K 4 SA and the City’s 2012 bond program.

“Jaime’s public affairs expertise on both local and national levels will be invaluable as SAWS further strengthens its reputation as a national leader in our industry,” said CEO/President Robert R. Puente.

Prior to his public affairs work, Castillo was a newspaper reporter and editor for 15 years, including jobs at the San Antonio Express-News, the El Paso Times and the Naples Daily News. At the Express-News, he guided the newspaper’s political coverage at the local, state and national levels and was the lead metro columnist.

Castillo has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from The University of Texas at El Paso and a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. He replaces Andrea Beymer who recently was promoted to vice president of Engineering & Construction at SAWS.

Beymer, a licensed professional engineer, brings with her a wide range of working experience in the Engineering group. Beymer began her SAWS career in 1997 as a graduate engineer working on the Recycled Water Program. Since that time, Andrea has worked on several major projects including the Aquifer Storage & Recovery (ASR) Project and the Regional Carrizo Water Supply Project.

Andrea has served as the Senior Executive Management Analyst for the Office of the President/CEO from 2009 to 2015. In this role, she supported the implementation of numerous initiatives including Vista Ridge program development, the Brackish Groundwater Desalination project, the Water Management Plan, the SAWS Strategic Plan, the Sewer Management Program, wastewater plant improvements, and new Operations Center Projects.

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