Dominick Dina, Candidate for Congress, Texas District 20

Dominick is a 30-year active duty veteran of the United States Air Force (USAF), retiring in October 1999 as a Chief Master Sergeant (E-9), and served throughout the United States, Europe and Asia during his long military career. His final assignment was at the headquarters for the former Air Intelligence Agency (AIA) on Kelly Air Force Base within the Security Office as the Operations Superintendent.

Dominick is married to the former Hyong Ju Choi of Seoul, South Korea. They have three children: Sarah Ann, Evanis Elizabeth and Dominick Andrew Jr and one granddaughter and three grandsons. The Dina family has resided in San Antonio since June 1993. Dominick is a small business owner as the broker/owner of Christian Realty San Antonio, a full service real estate brokerage.

He was formerly the Executive Director of a nonprofit 501(c)(3) renewable and sustainable energy advocacy and resource center. His immediate position prior to this challenge was as chief of staff for Council District 8, City of San Antonio. There he worked closely with city and county staff as well as local district leaders and citizens on a wide variety of projects.

Dominick’s educational accomplishments are: Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Business Management, Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, Texas, in 1987; Master’s degree in Public Administration, Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri, in 1997. He is a former member of the Adjunct Faculty at Northwest Vista College, Alamo Community Colleges, where he was part of their Criminal Justice program.

Dominick has been a very  active member of the local community holding several positions of responsibility in volunteer,  non-profit and governmental boards and commissions.  He is the current and past president, as well as former secretary and member-at-large of the Guilbeau Park Owner’s Association,  past president, as well as former  vice president and secretary of the Northwest Neighborhood Alliance, former chair and co-chair of the Citizen Advisory Committee to CPS Energy, former VIA Citizen’s Advisory Board member, former co-chair of Solar San Antonio, Inc., former member of the board of directors for the Lutheran High School Association of San Antonio, former board member for the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Committee, founder of the San Antonio Forest, Inc. (a nonprofit urban forestry program), former board member of the Brooks Advisory Board that established Brooks CityBase, now Port SA, former chairman of the congregation at Redeemer Lutheran Church and has served on numerous other initiatives throughout the community. He is currently a member of the Concordia Lutheran Church congregation.

Dominick spearheaded the initiative to reestablish a chapter of Texas Neighborhoods Together (TNT) in Bexar County. The new organization, San Antonio Neighbors Together (SANT), formed in the summer of 2002, provided information and assistance to Bexar County residents regarding neighborhood and community issues. He is also a former member of the Board of Directors of TNT and has served as vice president and chair of the Environmental Committee.  The San Antonio Forest, a non-profit environmental group was founded by Dominick to raise awareness to our lack of trees in the urban core and to educate children on the need for trees and green spaces.  Working with the other members of the Northwest Neighborhood Alliance through the Leon Creek Greenbelt Coalition, the seeds were sown for the San Antonio Linear Greenbelts around San Antonio.

Dominick is also a former member of the Board of Directors for the Texas Solar Energy Society, a charter and lifetime member of the Air Force Security Forces Association, former vice president of the Alamo Chapter of the Air Force Forces Association, former secretary and member of the Board of Directors of the Air Force Security Forces Museum Foundation on Lackland Air Force Base.

Over the years Dominick has worked with several city council members on local bond initiatives, serving on their citizen advisory committees.   He was a member of the inaugural Neighborhood Improvement Advisory Committee (NIAC) assisting city staff with the $20 million bond investment for local affordable housing.