Audio: An interview with Border Patrol’s RGV Sector chief, Gloria Chavez

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Gloria Chavez, chief of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley sector, was keynote speaker at a recent Women in Leadership Luncheon.

The event was hosted jointly by the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce and Athena International, and held at the Brownsville Events Center.

Brownsville Chamber CEO Esmy Villarreal said the luncheon was held to “celebrate exemplary leadership and honor those who develop, empower and encourage the inclusion of women.”

After the event, Chavez gave an interview to the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service. So did Villarreal. Here are the interviews:




Chief Chavez, a 27-year veteran of the U.S. Border Patrol and the highest-ranking female agent in the agency, officially took over as the chief of the Rio Grande Valley Sector on October 9, 2022.

The Brownsville-area native has held multiple executive leadership positions. Most recently, she served as the Chief Patrol Agent of the El Paso Sector, She has held key leadership roles on both the Southwest and Northern borders, including Chief Patrol Agent of the El Central and Spokane Sectors, as well as multiple assignments at U.S. Border Patrol Headquarters.

At the Rio Grande Valley Sector, she has direct oversight of the strategy and tactical operations of nine stations responsible for securing 277 river miles and 316 coastal miles in an area of responsibility spanning 34 counties. 

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above story shows U.S. Border Patrol RGV Sector Chief Gloria Chavez at the Women in Leadership Luncheon. (Photo credit: Brownsville Chamber of Commerce)

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