Area Foundation announces three new board members

SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 3, 2019) –The San Antonio Area Foundation announces the appointment of three new members to the board of directors. Joining the board of directors are Blake Hastings, Sarah Harte and Lorenzo Gomez III.

“All three of our newest board members embody the spirit of community and bring talent, expertise and passion to the table. We are very fortunate to have them by our side as we continue to strengthen community”, said Marjie M. French, chief executive officer of the San Antonio Area Foundation.

Blake Hastings is a senior vice president with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.  In this role he oversees the Human Resources functions at all Dallas Fed offices including talent acquisition, performance management, benefits, compensation, and diversity and inclusion.  He also has oversight for the San Antonio branch and is responsible for all Dallas Fed activities within Central and South Texas, including operating and administrative functions, and outreach activities to banks, businesses and community-based organizations.  Additionally, he oversees the Dallas Fed’s government relations function, which focuses on federal, state and local elected officials within the 11th District. He has served on the Federal Reserve Bank’s senior management committee since joining the organization in 2007. 

Prior to joining the Dallas Fed, Hastings was executive director of the Free Trade Alliance San Antonio, a public-private economic development organization where he worked for 11 years. In this capacity, Hastings led and directed San Antonio community efforts promoting foreign investment, trade development and trade-related policy advocacy.  

He also previously worked for an export management company, Dorian International, in White Plains, New York, where he oversaw export of commercial foodservice and laundry equipment to Northeast Asia. He also served as a research assistant at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and began his career as an assistant buyer/department manager for J.C. Penney. 

Hastings is a board member of Junior Achievement South Texas and is a member of the SA Works Industry Advisory Council.

He earned a Master of Business Administration in International Business and a bachelor’s degree in International Economics both from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.


Sarah Harte is a former San Antonio Area Foundation Board member (2004-2012) and past board chair (2011-2012), serving as chair on several committees. Harte has also served on several Area Foundation supporting organization boards, including Choose to Succeed (2014-2016), Gunn Family Foundation (2010-2018), Richmond Family Foundation (2006-2013), SA4Good (2012-2014) and on the outreach fund South Texas Hispanic Fund (now the Latino Foundation of San Antonio) from 2008-2010.

She graduated from Trinity University and invests her time with a wide array of nonprofits, including several engaged in K through 12 education initiatives, the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, Stillman College, and Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts.


Lorenzo Gomez III is an expert in ecosystem development, a chief executive officer, a public speaker, an author, and a podcast host.  He has successfully helped convert a dormant urban sector of San Antonio into a thriving entrepreneurial hub. Over the last 10 years, he has effectively engaged others in his vision and orchestrated their skills and strengths to create a new contemporary community of technology companies.

Gomez is a compelling storyteller, and the author of "The Cilantro Diaries: Business Lessons from the Most Unlikely Places," the story of how he went from the stockroom of a grocery store to the boardrooms of two private companies, without a college degree. 

In his inspiring and humorous style, readers have found a story of hope and accomplishment, dedication and success.  In the first week of publication, "The Cilantro Diaries" was ranked No. 1 in four separate categories on Amazon, including Vocational Guidance, Careers, Schools & Teaching, Career Development.  The audio book was the No. 1 New Release the week it debuted on, and it continues to be a top pick in the business categories, for both print and audio. Gomez is launching his highly anticipated next book in October of 2019.

Geekdom Media is Gomez’s newest startup venture. He co-founded Geekdom Media with serial entrepreneur, Graham Weston, with the mission to bring original content to San Antonio. Inspired by the impact and success of his first book, Gomez is now tapping other San Antonio thought leaders to bring their skills and experience to the masses. Geekdom Media will be helping them produce high quality, relevant books and podcasts, to introduce these thought leaders to a broader audience.

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