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Contact: Melissa Krause

Chief Communications and Strategy Officer
830.629.8440 |

(New Braunfels, TX – December 8, 2021) – New Braunfels Utilities (NBU) is pleased to announce the appointment of Yvette Villanueva Barrera, who will serve as the newest member of its Board of Trustees. Yvette will serve in the Trustee position previously held by Bob Gray.

Mrs. Barrera is the Vice President and Lead Advisor at Texas Financial Advisory, a wealth management firm specializing in retirement planning with an emphasis on tax strategy and estate planning. As a passionate and driven advisor with 16 years of experience helping people plan for the most important years of their lives, Yvette brings skill and perspective that will enhance decision-making to the NBU Board of Trustees.

“On behalf of NBU’s Board of Trustees, I am privileged to welcome Yvette as our newest board member,” said Judith Dykes-Hoffman, NBU Board President. “Mrs. Barrera’s appointment marks a historic milestone as she is the first female Latina to serve on the Board. Her experience and passion for our community will be invaluable as she is a forward thinker, dedicated to preserving our natural resources, and values the role NBU plays in the growth and sustainability for all of New Braunfels and the surrounding communities.”

Yvette is a proud New Braunfels native. She has chosen to work and raise her children in New Braunfels in anticipation that they will want to remain here and continue to contribute to community successes.

“My main goal for applying for the board is to get involved in my community that I love and get to call home,” said Yvette. “New Braunfels Utilities plays an integral role in our community and I understand how important it is that NBU is able to invest and support a growing population.”

Mrs. Barrera is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where she played volleyball and earned her Bachelor’s in Marketing Degree. Prior to going to Oklahoma University, Mrs. Barrera attended the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. She is a Certified Financial Fiduciary and holds a Series 65 License.


About New Braunfels Utilities:

Dedicated to excellence in service, New Braunfels Utilities (NBU) was established in 1942 and is one of 2,000 community-owned, nonprofit public power electric utilities in the nation.  The mission of NBU is to enhance the quality of our community by providing innovative, essential services. Governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of local residents appointed by the New Braunfels City Council, NBU is committed to being a recognized and trusted community partner, providing essential electric, water, and wastewater services.  Utility revenue is invested back into the utility systems, which benefits the community.  New Braunfels Utilities makes an annual transfer to the City of New Braunfels, which in turn helps to pay for services such as fire, police, and parks.  Additionally, in 2016, NBU repurposed its former16-acre warehouse site to become the Headwaters at the Comal, to serve as its conservation legacy, which will strengthen the relationship between the community and nature by showcasing the significance of the Comal Springs. Follow NBU on Facebook at, on Twitter at @nbutexas, and learn more, visit