After 44 years of service Knaggs retires from Verizon
“Can you hear me now?” is not something Helen Soto Knaggs has had to ask very often. For more than four decades Knaggs’ voice and accomplishments have rung load and clear as an example for others to follow.
In December 2011, Knaggs, Verizon’s Director of External Affairs in Austin, Texas retired after a forty-four year career. Knaggs was responsible for Community Affairs in Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, New Mexico, Missouri and Oklahoma.
During her career Knaggs has been a recognized and notable force in Texas politics. She was the first Hispanic business woman lobbyist in Texas. Knaggs currently serves as Vice Chair of the Texas Senate Hispanic Research Council and a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Finance Council.
Knaggs has been actively involved with TAMACC as the Verizon representative since 1987. The last position she held with TAMACC was in 2011 as the Chair of Corporate Partners and a member of the Executive Board of Directors. However, she retired from Verizon not TAMACC. “Helen is an icon of what corporate involvement and responsibility should be” said TAMACC Chairman, Ben Mendez “ Now that Helen has a little more free time, we plan on keeping her busy”
Some of Knaggs’ other life achievements include:
- 2007 Distinguished Alumnus by Angelo State University
- Annual League of United American Citizens’ Award – Texas Hispanic Leader of 2000
- Mexican American League Defense Fund Corporate Responsibility Award
- Governor’s Commission for Women – Appointed by Texas Governor Bill Clements
- State Job Training Coordinating Council Member – Appointed by Texas Governor Bill Clements
- Named to Who’s Who of Texas Women
- Texas Child Abuse Prevention Foundation Board of Directors – Texas Women for the 80s
- Small Business Administration Advisory Council Region VI – Appointed by President Reagan
- Recognized as the First Hispanic Woman Lobbyist in Texas by the National Hispanic Women’s Institute
- Texas Women’s Employment and Education, Inc. Board of Directors – Appointed by Mrs. Clements
Knaggs is married to Historian and Author, John R. Knaggs and has four step-children, Bart, Ryan, David, Lisa and five granddaughters.
It is dedicated individuals like Knaggs who have made a difference in representing Hispanic issues. At TAMACC we are grateful for her years of selfless service and wish her the very best in her short retirement before she starts her new endeavors.