Elaine M. Mendoza '87

Mendoza WebElaine Mendoza is founder, President, and CEO of Conceptual MindWorks, Inc. (CMI), a biotechnology and medical informatics company located in San Antonio.  In the biotechnology industry, CMI’s strengths are in building scientific and technical teams to develop and deliver unique solutions to address issues in areas such as chemical and biological defense and population health.  

Mendoza was appointed to the Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University System by Governor Rick Perry in 2011 and is chair of the Committee on Academic and Student Affairs.  In 2015, she was elected Vice Chairman of the Board. In December 2012, the San Antonio Mayor and City Council appointed her Chair of the Early Childhood Education Municipal Development Corporation Board of Directors, which is responsible and accountable for the PreK 4 SA program implementation.  She is also a member of the P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County, serves as chair of the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System Board of Directors and has joined the Health Care Service Corporation and The Bank of San Antonio Boards of Directors. 

Ms. Mendoza has been involved in community initiatives revolving around the expansion of educational opportunities, health care, and economic growth both locally and nationally. She has been involved in Mayor Castro’s SA2020 Charting the Course for the Next Decade Steering Committee, P16 Council Formation Committee and Task Force on Corporate Recruitment and Retention.  In January 2006, Governor Rick Perry appointed her to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on which she served as Secretary of the Board, Chair of the Committee on Closing the Gaps and, in 2010, as Vice Chairman. Governor Perry also appointed her to the Commission for a College Ready Texas in April 2007.

Ms. Mendoza has received numerous awards and recognition.  Most recent examples include being inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame in 2016, receiving the Women’s Legacy Award from the Aggie Women’s Association in October 2014, and in April 2013 receiving the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Texas A&M University College of Engineering.  

Elaine Mendoza received a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University.  She and her husband, Larry Gay, have two daughters.