Anna Maria Farias is the epitome of the American dream. Born in San Antonio, she spent a portion of her childhood in Mexico before her family moved to the housing projects of Crystal City, Texas. Through hard work and determination, she would graduate high school as valedictorian and accept a scholarship to Boston University. She went on to earn her law degree at Temple University and serve as a fellow at Harvard’s JFK School of Government.

Though she spent the majority of her career in Washington, D.C., serving four different Republican presidential administrations, Farias never lost her love of and commitment to her hometown. She returned in 1993 to serve as the executive director of the housing authority there, using her influence and skills to advocate for residents and to reform the system to improve the lives of countless people in her community.

Farias has been recognized with numerous awards and honors for her work on the housing authority, and was nominated to serve on the Texas Commission on Human Rights. She is one of the original founders of the Hispanic Youth Foundation, which provides scholarship opportunities to Hispanic youth majoring in government. She has even been named to the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame!

The vice chair of the Republican Party of Bexar County from 2015 to 2017, Farias most recently served as the Assistant HUD Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity under President Donald Trump.