Noel Bernal began his service as City Manager for the City of Brownsville in December 2018. Brownsville is the 16th largest city in Texas and largest in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas with an estimated population of 185,000. He reports to the Mayor and City Commission and provides leadership and management to over 1400 employees, $158 million operating budget, and 2021-2025 Capital Improvement Program of over $85 million, including an International Bridge, Brownsville-Metro transit system, and Brownsville-South Padre Island International Airport.
Noel Bernal has served communities in South, Central, and North Texas throughout his 10-year professional career in public service in an executive leadership capacity, including as City Administrator of La Villa, Falfurrias serving as the first City Administrator, Assistant City Manager for Taylor, a growing suburb in the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area, and Deputy City Manager for Coppell in the Dallas Fort-Worth metropolitan area.
Mr. Bernal earned an undergraduate degree and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Texas Pan American. He is a Credentialed Manager through the International City/County Management Association, a Certified Public Manager through the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service at Texas State University and graduate of the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia. Mr. Bernal’s professional involvement includes being a member of the International City County Management Association (ICMA) serving on the Technology & Innovation Advisory Board and the Texas City Management Association (TCMA) serving as Chair of the TCMA Allies Task Force. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Local Government Hispanic Network (LGHN) and Institute for Building Technology & Safety (IBTS)
He is married and has a son and two daughters