Meet Our Team
Current Job Openings:
Alyssa Barrera Mason
Alyssa Barrera Mason has led the Corpus Christi Downtown Management District as Executive Director since February 2018. She is a 4th generation Corpus Christi native. Prior to this appointment, Alyssa had worked for the City for seven years, serving as the City’s first Business Liaison for the City Manager’s Office since July 2014. The Business Liaison coordinated internally for economic development, downtown redevelopment, and tourism efforts and with partner agencies.
Alyssa earned her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in 2010 and Master of Public Administration Degree in 2012, both from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. She serves on the Alumni Board of Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Alyssa was honored as Corpus Christi Under 40 in 2013. She is a graduate of Leadership Corpus Christi Class 42 and served on the Leadership Corpus Christi Alumni Board, serving as President in 2019. She also served in all levels of leadership for Young Business Professionals of the Coastal Bend from 2012 – 2015. In December 2016, she obtained an Economic Development Finance Professional Certification, through the National Development Council. In October 2021, she became a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) through the International Economic Development Council. Contact Alyssa.
Executive Assistant & Special Projects Coordinator
Erica Tamez serves as an Executive Assistant and Special Projects Coordinator. Erica is a member of Leadership Corpus Christi Class 49. Prior to joining the DMD, she served as a Sales and Marketing Director for D&C Fence Co. Prior to D&C, Erica served as an Executive Assistant and Senior Sales and Marketing Coordinator for Tudor, Pickering, & Holt, an Energy Investment and Merchant Banking Firm. Erica previously served the U.S. Navy Reserves as a Master-at-Arms and Career Counselor under the NOSC Houston Guantanamo Bay Unit. She loves exploring downtown Corpus Christi with her husband and 2 corgis. Contact Erica.
Finance & Administration Manager
Alan joined the DMD in February 2009 and manages the day-to-day financial and administrative aspects of the organization. He is a transplanted Scotsman who married a Texan and has two children, Emily and Andrew. He worked as a Finance Manager in the not-for-profit sector in the United Kingdom until moving to the United States in 2006. In his free time, he enjoys cycling around Rockport and walking the Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge. Contact Alan.
Economic Development Assistant
Born and raised in Miami, Christa grew up in an environment full of diversity and culture. She attended the University of Alabama and double-majored in Public Relations and Political Science while being an active member of the Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity. After graduation, she moved to the Windy City of Chicago where she started her career as a Public Relations Specialist for Insurance Navy, where she hosted multiple charity events with a focus on both digital and print marketing. Once the opportunity came around, she packed her bags and headed back to the beach to further her career. Living in Downtown Corpus Christi drives and empowers her to be a part of the progression and development of downtown. Contact Christa.
Kristen was born and raised in Corpus Christi. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University (whoop!) in 2019 and her Master’s in City and Regional Planning from The University of Texas at Arlington in 2022. Kristen first interned with the DMD in 2019 as an Events Intern, rejoined us as our Graduate Policy Intern in 2021, and now serves as our Placemaking Manager focusing on all things urban planning related. In her free time she loves hanging out with her kitty, Kringle exploring new places and being outdoors. Her favorite thing about Downtown Corpus Christi is the strong community that has been created and is looking forward to returning to her hometown and being part of the renaissance of downtown. Contact Kristen.
Marketing & Events Manager
Originally from Sugar Land, Texas, Emily attended Texas Tech University where she received her degree in Advertising. After graduating, her job took her to West Texas (El Paso) where she launched her career. Now, with over 9 years of experience in the event planning, marketing, and hospitality industries, Emily made the move to Corpus Christi to support the ‘renaissance & revitalization’ taking place in downtown. Having owned her own business for 3 years, Emily has a growing passion for supporting businesses via creative concepts and campaigns. She loves volleyball, her fur babies, haute cuisine, making lists, and is excited to explore the ‘beach-meets-country’ vibe of Downtown Corpus Christi. Contact Emily.
Special Events Intern
Born and raised in the DFW area, Sydney is a Texas native. She is currently enrolled at Texas A&M University of Corpus Christi, majoring in Business Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. She is an active member of Tri Delta Fraternity. Sydney joined the DMD team as our PR & Programming Intern in September and has since shifted to be our Special Event Intern, kicking off her career in the event planning field. Sydney is set to graduate in May 2022, and we are excited to see what her future with the DMD has in store. Contact Sydney.
Social Media Marketing Intern
Dierra was born in Hawaii and raised in Texas. Dierra has lived in Corpus Christi for 16 years. She enjoys traveling and spending quality time with her family and friends. Dierra attends Texas A&M University Corpus Christi and is majoring in Marketing. She is expected to graduate in the Spring of 2023. She joined our team as the Social Media Marketing Intern, and eventually wants to pursue her career as a medical device sales representative. Dierra is eager to see where this journey with the DMD takes her. Contact Dierra.
Clean Team Manager
Dylan was born and raised in Corpus Christi. He attended college at Texas State University and then graduated with a Bachelors of Business from TAMUCC. He has over 10 years management experience across multiple industries. Dylan enjoys the outdoors and sought the perfect opportunity to join Block by Block in December. He has two wonderful children and enjoys spending time with them on the weekends. Contact Dylan.