It's out pleasure to introduce you to Robert Palacios. As a born and raised El Pasoan, he has a vested interest in making sure that the process of our community's revitalization has room for the thoughts and passions of young professionals. Read on to learn about the vision he has for El Paso's YP scene.
1. Tell us about yourself
I'm Robert Palacios and I'm a RISE Planning Committee member and the Vice President of Strategic Planning at the Borderplex Alliance, a regional economic development organization. I grew up in El Paso and moved back in 2016 after graduating from Oberlin College and spending a couple years in the Venture For America Fellowship. I'm excited to be a part of El Paso's revitalization, both through my work and in the community.
2. What made you want to join RISE?
El Paso has come a long way, but our young professional scene is still smaller than in bigger cities. So I think it's important for young professionals who are passionate about improving our community to come together, whether it's for happy hours, conferences, or volunteering. I think it's great to have another way to meet like-minded people and learn more about our community. RISE is great because it provides opportunities for all of this - giving back to the community, getting to know other young professionals, and learning more about what's happening across El Paso.
3. What is your favorite thing about the El Paso community?
There aren't too many places in the world where you can walk out of one country and into another in five minutes. Being the largest city on the US side of the US/Mexico border means that we're a binational, bilingual, and bicultural place. The border city dynamic makes El Paso a fascinating and unique community.
4. What would you say to someone thinking about joining RISE?
You should definitely join. If you want to meet other young professionals, help make your community better, and learn more about our city, this is the best group in town. And your contribution to the United Way goes directly back into the community to benefit those who need it most.
5. Describe your ideal day in El Paso. What stops are a must?
Start with breakfast at L&J or Salt and Honey. Then head Downtown to check out San Jacinto Plaza and the restored historic architecture. Stop by the El Paso Museum of Art or head to the Segundo Barrio to see the murals. Walk over the bridge to Juárez for a quick drink at the Kentucky Club and lunch at El Tragadero. Head back to El Paso and either check out the views at Wyler Tram or go for a hike in the Franklin Mountains State Park. If the Chihuahuas are playing, try and catch a game. Or just grab dinner at Tabla and then drinks at Blackbird or Tradecraft. And if that's too much for one day - definitely stay the weekend.