Our Team

Our Team.

The knowledgeable and friendly staff at the Pharr EDC can assist you with any request for information. We’re always happy to provide professional service with a smile.

Victor Perez, Executive Director

A lifelong native of the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo (PSJA) area, Perez boasts a strong background in management experience, most recently as Administrator for School Operations at Progreso Independent School District after having served in various leadership capacities at the district since 2004. Prior to his employment at Progreso, Perez worked for PSJA Independent School District as an educator, Head Athletic Coordinator and Student Liaison. Perez graduated from the University of Texas-Pan American with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration.

Along with his management experience, Perez has an extensive background in public service and community development. Perez served as a City Commissioner and as a Planning and Zoning Board Member for the City of Alamo. Perez also sat on the governing board of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council, the area’s regional council of governments, for eight years. Perez currently serves on the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District as School Board Trustee.


Tony Sandoval, Assistant Director

Antonio “Tony” Sandoval is the Assistant Director for the Pharr Economic Development Corporation. Tony graduated from Pan American University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. He was employed for 22 years as a State Tax Auditor before joining the Pharr Economic Development Corporation in 2006. Prior to his current role as Assistant Director, Tony served as Corporate Accountant and Economic Development Specialist.

Karina Lopez, Economic Development Manager

Karina Lopez is the Economic Development Manager for the Pharr Economic Development Corporation. Her primary focus is building strong business relationships and supporting the success and development of current business owners in the City of Pharr. She graduated from the University of Texas – Pan American with a Bachelor of Science. Having worked with the City of Pharr for over 9 years, Karina brings ample experience working with community stakeholders to expand employment and training opportunities in Pharr. 

Jamison Merrick, Finance Manager

Jamison Merrick is the Finance Manager for the Pharr Economic Development Corporation. With a strong background in staff management, commercial banking, and executive recruiting, Jamison brings a diverse skill set to the Pharr EDC. At the Pharr EDC, his primary focus is on developing incentive packages, reviewing incentive and loan requests, maintaining and monitoring the loan portfolio, and managing the PEDC’s everyday finances. Jamison holds Bachelors’ Degrees in Accounting and Political Science from Ramapo College of New Jersey and a Masters’ Degree in International Economic Relations from American University in Washington, DC.

Myrta Tijerina, International Relations Manager

Myrta Tijerina is the International Relations Manager for the Pharr Economic Development Corporation. In this role, she serves as the international liaison and focuses on developing business, promoting the cultural, economic, recreational, and quality of life benefits in Pharr. Myrta graduated from Colegio Labastida, Monterrey, N.L. with a degree in Education. With over 36 years of experience in various roles, including positions with the City of San Pedro, TV Televisa San Angel Mexico, and City of Reynosa EDC, she brings valuable experience to the Pharr Economic Development Corporation.

Maribel Garcia, Executive Administrative Assistant




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