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Ruben Bonilla Community Involvement


  • Chairman, Port Commission, Port Authority of Corpus Christi
  • Member, Board of Directors, American Bank, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Foundation
  • Member, Corpus Christi Metropolitan Planning Organization, Transportation Police Committee
  • Member, “Power Up!” Del Mar Foundation
  • Advisory Board Member, Texas State Aquarium
  • Keaton Fellow, Law School Foundation, University of Texas School of Law
  • Board Member, Dean’s Roundtable, University of Texas School of Law
  • Advisory Board Member, American Bank, Corpus Christi
  • Board of Governors, Leadership Corpus Christi
  • Chairman, Corpus Christi I.S.D. Master Facilities Review Committee

Past Affiliations

  • National President, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), 1979-1981
  • Texas State Director LULAC, 1977-1979
  • State Chairman, Texas Mexican-American Democrats (MAD,) 1985
  • Chairman of the Board, LULAC National Educational Service Center 1981-1990
  • Chairman of the Board, Boys & Girls Club of Corpus Christi, 1989-1991
  • Member, Economic Development Board Council, Corpus Christi Business Alliance
  • Member, Boys & Girls Club of America Board of Directors
  • Board Member, Dean’s Roundtable, University of Texas School of Law
  • President, W.B. Ray Texans High School Athletic Booster Club
  • Chairman, Texan Torch Committee, W.B. Ray H.S. (improving athletic and academic facilities)
  • Member, Community Advisory Council, Corpus Christi Federation of Teachers
  • Special Projects Advisor, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Austin, Texas
  • Member, Leadership Corpus Christi Board of governors
  • Member, President’s Council, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
  • Member, Advisory Council to Athletic Director Board, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
  • Advisor for the Boys & Girls Club of Corpus Christi
  • Member, United Way Board of Governors
  • Member, Economic Development Council
  • Chair, Youth Intervention Task Force, Corpus Christi Business Alliance
  • Chair, 5th Dimension Program (career and professional development program for 5th graders)
  • Co-Chair, 28th Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner, sponsored by the National Conference for Community and Justice
  • Member, Little Theater Board of Directors (a.k.a. Harbor Playhouse)
  • Member, Red Cross Board of Governors
  • Member of numerous committees supporting various bond proposals for improving the city of Corpus Christi and Corpus Christi Independent School District
  • Vice Chair, Texans Against Gangs
  • Member, Southwest Voter Registration Project Board of Directors
  • Member, Leadership for Education and Academic Development (LEAD)
  • Member, Democratic Business Council, Democratic National Committee
  • Co-Chair, Texas Law Enforcement and Community Relations, 1978-1979
  • Member, Texas Advisory Committee on Farm Workers’ Concerns


  • Member, Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce
  • Life Member, University of Texas Ex-Students Association
  • Life Member, LULAC (League of United Latin-American Citizens)
  • Member, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, American G.I. ForumPast Affiliations
  • Member, Tarpon Foundation, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
  • Member, Nueces County Historical Society
  • Member, Wednesday Morning Breakfast Club
  • Member, Corpus Christi, Art Museum (now known as The Art Museum of South Texas)
  • Member, San Antonio Museum of Art
  • Member, Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas
  • Member, Corpus Christi Symphony Board
  • Leadership Corpus Christi Alumni, Graduate Class One
  • Member, Greater Corpus Christi Business Alliance
  • Member Charter Revision Committee, City of Corpus Christi

Scholarships Established

  • McCord-Turberville Scholarship, W.B. Ray High School
  • Gene Van Cleave Scholarship, W.B. Ray High School
  • Peter Silvas Scholarship, W. B. Ray High School
  • Peter Weil Fighting Texan Scholarship, W.B. Ray High School
  • Ruben Bonilla, Sr. Scholarship, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Maria Ramirez Scholarship, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Raymond L. Ramirez Scholarship, Elgin High School, Elgin, Texas
  • Maria Ramirez Scholarship, Elgin High School, Elgin, Texas

Awards And Honors

  • Westside Business Alliance Association “Community Leader of the Year,” 2001
  • National Conference for Community & Justice Humanitarian Award, 1999
  • Heroes for Children Aware, Awarded by the Texas Board of Education, 1998
  • Named to the Register, Esquire Magazine, 1985
  • Named one of the Ten Outstanding Men in America by the United States Jaycees, 1982
  • Named by Texas Business Magazine as one of the “Rising Stars of Texas”
  • Selected Señor Internacional 1989 (Laredo, Texas)
  • National Boys & Girls Club Leadership Award
  • LULAC “Man of the Year” 1977
  • Named “President of the Year” by Texas LULAC Council, 1976.
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