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San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and Rackspace’s Lew Moorman join Texas Biomed Board

Mayor Julián Castro and Lew Moorman, President, Cloud and Chief Strategy Officer at Rackspace Hosting, have been elected to the Texas Biomedical Research Institute board of trustees.

“I am very pleased to welcome each of these individuals who bring such unique qualities to Texas Biomed,” said Board Chair John R. Hurd. “Mayor Castro plays an important role in growing the biomedical research industry in San Antonio. Lew Moorman’s family has a long history of support for the organization and we are pleased that he is so interested in Texas Biomed and in carrying on that tradition.”

Castro, who was elected mayor in May 2009, is a 36-year-old San Antonio native and the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American city. In 2001, at age 26, Castro became the youngest elected city councilman at the time in the city’s history. Throughout his tenure in public service, he has championed a vision of economic growth and a top-notch quality of life for the city.

In 2005, Castro founded the Law Offices of Julián Castro, PLLC, a civil litigation practice. He has served on the board of Family Services Association, the Clear Channel San Antonio advisory board and the San Antonio National Bank advisory board. In addition to his community service, Castro has taught courses at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Trinity University and St. Mary`s University.

Castro earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University with honors and distinction in 1996 and a law degree from Harvard Law School in 2000. He is married to Erica Lira Castro, an elementary school teacher, and they are the parents of a girl, Carina, born in March 2009.

Moorman’s leadership has helped Rackspace become a rising star in the San Antonio technology world having grown from a start-up to 3,500 employees in the last decade.  Moorman joined Rackspace in 2000 and has played an instrumental role in building the company into a leader in the cloud computing industry. His experience in technology and innovation is a great complement to the work being done at Texas Biomed.

Moorman is also a grand nephew of Texas Biomed founder Tom Slick and follows in the footsteps of many in his family in serving to enhance Texas Biomed, including his father Lewis J. Moorman III who currently serves as the board’s vice chair.

He received his B.A. from Duke University and his law degree from Stanford Law School.

Texas Biomed, formerly the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, is one of the world’s leading independent biomedical research institutions dedicated to advancing health worldwide through innovative biomedical research.  Located on a 200-acre campus on the northwest side of San Antonio, Texas, the Institute partners with hundreds of researchers and institutions around the world, targeting advances in the fight against AIDS, hepatitis, malaria, parasitic infections and a host of other infectious diseases, as well as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, psychiatric disorders, and problems of pregnancy.  For more information on Texas Biomed, go to, or call Joe Carey, Texas Biomed’s Vice President for Public Affairs, at 210-258-9437.