Originally from Juarez, Mexico, Marcela Villareal de Panetta earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Newcomb College. Ms. Panetta has served on the boards of various companies and cultural institutions in the United States and Mexico. She has the distinction of being one of the first women to serve on a major Mexican board, ARCA - CONTAL, where she promoted significant changes that made recycling and sustainability priorities for the company.
She and her husband, Bernard, now live in El Paso, Texas. The Panettas’ daughter, Victoria E. Panetta, graduated from Newcomb-Tulane College in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Ms. Panetta’s father, Leopoldo Villareal, graduated from the Tulane School of Medicine in 1934. In addition to her membership on the Dean’s Advisory Council, she is also a member of the Board of Tulane.