Espinoza, who is taking over for the now-retired Kerry Urbanowicz, most recently served for two years as the director of parks and recreation for Dripping Springs, according to a Nov. 12 release from the city. Previously she worked for the city of Austin and the city of Grand Prairie.
“With her nearly two decades of experience, plus her educational background, we see Mariana bringing a lot of new ideas and fresh energy to lead our very talented parks and recreation staff,” said Jerry Hendrix, Kyle’s chief of staff, in the release.
In addition to serving as a visitor for the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies, Espinoza sits on committees for both the Texas Recreation and Park Society and American Academy of Park and Recreation Administrators externship program.
Espinoza has a bachelor’s degree in park, recreation and tourism resources from Michigan State University and a master's degree in professional development from Dallas Baptist University.