Dalinda Gonzalez-Alcantar is an mom, wife, social entrepreneur and currently serves her community as CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of McAllen. She is the cofounder of Border Kids Code, a startup in the Rio Grande Valley dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of computer science. Her technology startup, eJucomm, was recently acquired by San Francisco based CampusOrb, a victory for women and Hispanics in the Rio Grande Valley.
Gonzalez-Alcantar was born and raised in McAllen, TX and has over 10 years of teaching experience. She received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Communication Design from Texas State University, San Marcos and her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas Pan American.
Her innovative approaches to effecting family communication in schools has led Gonzalez-Alcantar to receive the McAllen Chamber of Commerce Innovation Grant for her creation of eJucomm’s Family Kinex mobile application. As the founder, she received The United States Small Business Administration’s 2013 Innovation Through Technology Business of the Year for the Rio Grande Valley. She was also selected as the 2012 Parenting Magazine’s Mom Congress Texas Delegate where she represented Texas in Washington D.C. at a conference dedicated to family engagement in schools. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan highlighted Gonzalez-Alcantar’s educational technology work at Parenting Magazine’s annual keynote speech.
In 2016, Gonzalez-Alcantar spoke at Georgetown University’s OWN IT Summit where she sat on a panel featuring Latina Leaders in the country. Upon returning, she was awarded The Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Women of Distinction in 2016 for her work as a social entrepreneur. Locally she serves on McAllen ISD’s advisory council and is the owner of Alablanca Apparel, a company printing t-shirts that represent the vibrant pride and culture of people living on the South Texas border.
Gonzalez-Alcantar is the proud mother of Elijah and Madalin and wife to fellow educator, Marco Alcantar. Her main focus is on her family and community and attributes her success to her supportive children and husband while giving God the glory in all everything she does. Together the Alcantars serve their community through Baptist Temple in McAllen, TX.