Patrick Schaefer

Executive Director

Patrick is the Executive Director of the Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness, a regional resource located at the University of Texas at El Paso that produces detailed economic and legal analysis of the various markets that converge in the transboundary, Paso del Norte region. The Institute provides an open platform of regional databases, strategic sector analysis, comprehensive GIS sector mapping, and economic impact modeling in order to foster greater cohesion and resilience of the region’s markets by sharing with local, regional, and international stakeholders.

Prior to founding the Institute, Patrick held positions with the World Bank Group and the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C., where he advised client-states on legal reforms to improve their commercial and financial sectors. In particular, his work centers on the comparative commercial, financial, and natural resource laws within the Ibero-American context, with a special emphasis on Mexico, Spain, Brazil, and Portugal. He received his J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law and his LL.M. from the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He has also studied at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, the Universidade de São Paulo, the Université Paris 1: Panthéon-Sorbonne, the Hague Academy for International Law, the Katholieke Universitiet Leuven, graduating magna cum laude, and St. John’s College, where he received his undergraduate degree.

His publications have dealt with international bankruptcy and trans-boundary natural resource management. He is an adjunct professor of NAFTA Law at the College of Business Administration at the University of Texas at El Paso and has coached two teams from the Law Faculty of the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez to two international arbitration competitions in Vienna and Los Angeles. Patrick is also an active member of the Instituto Mexicano de Ejecutivos de Finanzas, the New York and New Mexico bar, as well as the American Society of International Law and the International Law Association.


Mayra G. Maldonado

Associate Director

Mayra is a Research Economist who leads the Institute’s work on binational, comparative commercial and financial analysis. She has worked as an Economist at the Central Bank of Mexico, where she led the economic and financial analysis of Mexico’s northeastern border region, and its linkages with the rest of Mexico and the U.S. Mayra has also worked for Morgan Stanley Capital International, where she led the Americas Index Research and Corporate Actions teams based in Mumbai, India, and Monterrey, Mexico. During her time at MSCI, she specialized in analysis of Inter-American financial markets in equities. She received her BA in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM Campus Monterrey) and her MA in Economics from New York University (NYU) through CONACYT and Fulbright scholarships. During her BA studies she participated in an exchange program with the École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP). Born and raised in a dynamic cross-border region (Texas-Nuevo Leon), Mayra is personally and professionally invested in contributing to the economic development of the Paso del Norte region.


José Ángel Moreno

Research Economist

José Ángel Moreno was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and grew up in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, for the greater part of his life. By virtue of these life experiences, he became intimately aware of the Paso del Norte’s economic structures and practices. In fact, José Ángel refined this knowledge and regional economic analysis skills first by acquiring a BA Economics and then, most recently, an MS in Economics, both from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Throughout his graduate studies, he contributed to various major projects at the Institute as a Research Assistant, most notably to the Regional Economic Sector Reviews. There, he collected, analyzed, and harmonized regional economic data while also overseeing the creation all of the energy sector infrastructure maps that showcase the region’s crude oil, refined gasoline, and natural gas infrastructure, as well as its renewable energy potential and associated infrastructure. As a Research Economist at the Institute, José Ángel continues this work by overseeing the Regional Economic Sector Reviews, and is currently in the process of finalizing a Regional Banking Sector Review and Water Sector Review.


Joshua Rayner

Executive Assistant

Joshua joined the Hunt Institute in April of 2015 as an administrative assistant. An El Pasoan and former student of the University of Texas at El Paso, Josh graduated in May of 2014 with a B.B.A. in Economics.  He is excited to be assisting the Hunt Institute in its mission to foster the economic and social well-being of the communities in the Paso del Norte Region, with a special interest in the Social Policy and Economic development.