Tina Yturria Buford named to women’s commission

A Harlingen woman is among 15 appointed to the Governor’s Commissioner for Women by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott today.

Tina Yturria Buford of Harlingen is the education project manager for the East Foundation developing natural resource education programs for South Texas youth.

She’s also worked with her family at the H. Yturria Land and Cattle Company owned by her father and uncle. Buford serves as the vice president of Texan by Nature, president of the Texas Wildlife Association Foundation, board member for Sand County Foundation, committee member for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and advisory board member for the Texas Ag Land Trust.

Buford earned a Bachelor of Science in Rangeland Ecology and Management from Texas A&M University.

Since 1967, the commission has served as a liaison between Texas women and government agencies, as well as private entities addressing women’s needs. The group also helps women identify information and services best suited to their needs, as well as find solutions to emerging issues facing women.

The others named today include Estela Avery, Jennifer Chiang, Starr Corbin, Alejandra De la Vega-Foster, Debbie Gustafson, Karen Harris, Amy Henderson, Nancy Ann Hunt, Karen Manning, Imelda Navarro, Rienke Radler, Jinous Rouhani, Catherine Susser, and Laura Koenig Young. Their terms expire on December 31, 2017. Additionally, Catherine Susser was named chairman and Alejandra De la Vega-Foster as vice chairman of the commission.

Tina Buford became the first woman and the first Rio Grande Valley resident to be named president of the Texas Wildlife Association earlier this year.