Virginia Martinez Schaefer, J.D. joined the Dallas Regional Chamber in November 2014. As the Senior Vice President of Public Policy, she leads the Public Policy team and is responsible for working with board members and other volunteers to develop and advocate for public policy positions related to healthcare, energy, transportation, economic development, and water supply issues.
The Public Policy team also initiates opportunities for DRC members to interact with leading elected officials. Mrs. Schaefer represents the policy positions of the DRC to elected officials and their staff for all levels of government.
Prior to joining the DRC, Mrs. Schaefer worked at reputable law firms in Austin and Dallas. She also worked as a law clerk for the United States Senate Judiciary Committee under U.S. Senator John Cornyn and as a summer law clerk for Chief Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa of the Southern District of Texas.
Mrs. Schaefer was raised in McAllen, Texas. From there, she attended The University of Texas at Austin where she earned a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Government and minoring in Spanish. While at the University of Texas, Mrs. Schaefer was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority and served as Panhellenic Delegate. She also studied abroad in Spain at the University of Seville where she earned a certificate in Advanced Spanish Literature and Composition. After college, she earned her J.D. at South Texas College of Law and is licensed to practice law in Texas.
Mrs. Schaefer is active in the community and is a member of Cattle Baron’s Ball Committee, which raises millions of dollars for cancer treatment and research in North Texas every year. She is also a member of the Dallas County Bar Association and the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers. She was recently appointed to the Trinity Commons Foundation board and Dallas CASA board.
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