As Executive Director of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Mexico Business Center, Paola Avila brings more than 15 years of experience in public policy, community outreach and government relations. A native of Mexico, Avila has dual citizenship, speaks fluent Spanish and French, and maintains strong relationships in Mexico’s government and business circles. In her current position, Avila focuses on developing domestic and international public policies that enhance economic prosperity through cross border trade, an efficient border, and robust business, political and cultural relationships between the two countries.
Avila has spent a significant portion of her career focused on bi-national affairs and various border issues. From 2000 to 2005, Avila served as Mayor Dick Murphy’s Deputy Chief of Staff, where she advised the Mayor on San Diego-Mexico bi-national affairs. Avila then started her own public affairs consulting business assisting large and small companies in Otay Mesa with economic development opportunities such as reducing border wait times and improving border infrastructure.
Most recently, Avila served in Senator Ben Hueso’s office advising him in several policy areas including water, energy and economic development related to his district which spans the entire California – Mexico border.
Ms. Avila has served on the Executive Board of the Mexican American Business and Professional Association, the Borderview YMCA Board of Directors and on the Board of Directors of La Cuna Inc. She is a founding member of Vibra Bank and served on the Friends of La Jolla Elementary School Board of Directors. Ms. Avila graduated from the University of California San Diego with a B.A. in Economics.