José serves as the Executive Director and General Counsel for TACHC. As Executive Director, José is the primary liaison to the TACHC Board of Directors and under the Board's direction, represents the organization to ensure the duties and goals of the Texas Primary Care Association are fulfilled. José advocates to the state and federal government to strengthen and preserve the health care safety net and assists in the development of health centers in medically underserved communities. José designs and implements trainings for members, identifies and responds to funding opportunities and requirements for TACHC, and manages the operations of the association. As General Counsel, José provides in-house counsel to TACHC's Board of Directors and members. He negotiates and reviews legal documents, designs and implements trainings, and conducts policy analysis and drafting of legislative proposals on behalf of TACHC and the community health centers the association serves. José earned his law degree from the University of Texas in 1973 and worked in private practice until 1979 when he became the Director of Farmworker Policy Impact Project for the Texas Rural Legal Aid in Austin. In 1982 José became the General Counsel for the National Migrant Referral Project and in 1983 began his career with TACHC as General Counsel where he assisted in the development of the organization before becoming the association's Executive Director in 1984. José is also involved with the Texas State Legislature, the United States Congress, and local community action groups and is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.