About Melissa

 From District 6, Fighting for District 6

Growing up in the Silver Creek Neighborhood, Melissa Cabello Havrda is a native of San Antonio who has proudly lived in District 6 her entire life. Melissa attended Timberwilde Elementary School, Zachary Middle School, and graduated from Taft High School in the Northside Independent School District. Today, Melissa is a practicing disability attorney who received her B.A. in political science from St. Mary’s University in 2001, a Juris Doctorate from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 2007, and an MBA from UTSA in 2013. Melissa knows that without her strong local education, she wouldn’t have had the opportunity to pursue a life of service to the community that raised her.

Serving our Community

While working on obtaining her degrees, Melissa served her native San Antonio by working as a special assistant to former Mayor Ed Garza. She went on to serve as project manager to Mayor Emeritus Lila Cockrell and former Councilwoman Bonnie Conner at the San Antonio Parks Foundation. In continuing her dedication to her community, Melissa joined Heard & Smith LLP in 2008 representing clients in social security disability claims.  Melissa is now a small business owner, operating Casner and Cabello Havrda, PLLC with her law partner Adam Casner.

Actively engaged in our community, Melissa is a proud graduate of the inaugural Latina Leadership Institute through the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and serves on the SAHCC’s Government Affairs and Business and Economic Development committees.  Melissa is an alumna of Leadership San Antonio Class of 41 through the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.  Melissa also serves on the board of the Magik Children’s Theatre, the board of Community House Resource Partners, and the MoveTexas board of directors. For the past 20 years, Melissa has also been heavily engaged with her Home Owners Association and church community. Rooted in her strong desire to give back the students of our community, Melissa also teaches government and community relations at Northwest Vista Community College.

Melissa’s professional affiliations include being a member of the San Antonio Bar Association, Mexican American Bar Association of San Antonio and National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives.

Building a Future for Our Families

Melissa is the proud mother of three young children who all attend school in Northside Independent School District. Melissa recently celebrated 21 years of marriage to her husband Jason Havrda, who has worked in Northside ISD at Marshall High School and Jones Middle School. Raising her family in our community, Melissa wants to make sure that as our district grows and prospers, everyone prospers with it. Melissa believe that District 6 should be a place where our neighborhoods and our families thrive. Working with our neighborhoods, Melissa will make sure that District 6 voices are leading the way on building a brighter future for our community.