The CSCI announces new Executive Director

City of Socorro Community Initiative (CSCI) Executive Director, Stephanie Schilling, takes the helm of new and growing Socorro nonprofit



SOCORRO, TEXAS, September 29, 2022 – The City of Socorro Community Initiative announces Stephanie Schilling as its first-ever executive director.

An El Paso County native and a graduate of the University of Arizona, Ms. Schilling joined the nonprofit sector in 2018. Over the years, Ms. Schilling has specialized in convening partners and fostering the growth of people and systems. The CSCI is confident that her nonprofit experience and passion for the promotion of community engagement will help the organization in making a meaningful contribution to the Socorro community.

The CSCI Board of Directors is excited for what the future holds for the nonprofit with the addition of Ms. Schilling to the team. Emil Chaparro, local educator, El Paso County Historical Commissioner, and Vice-Chair of the founding CSCI Board of Directors echoed this sentiment. “Ms. Schilling brings passion and experience—we’re excited for the great impact she will have on our community”.

Ms. Schilling will lead the CSCI, a burgeoning nonprofit organization and one of the only nonprofit organizations exclusively serving the unique needs of the Socorro community, towards becoming an established and trusted community partner. The CSCI supports various public, charitable, and educational programs and projects in Socorro, Texas such as the complete rehabilitation of the Rio Vista Farm National Historic Landmark, and the Socorro Youth in Culture (SY!C) afterschool art program for kids ages 5-17.

As a nonprofit affiliate to the City of Socorro, the CSCI assists in carrying out the City’s mission to improve the Socorro community. The CSCI’s work as an organization exists within the confluence of history, art, culture, health, and wellness. The nonprofit’s projects and programs reflect the merger of history, art, and culture as a way to connect communities while promoting active living in Socorro, Texas.

For more information on the City of Socorro Community Initiative (CSCI), its projects and programs, please visit their website at

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