John R. Carrillo was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He and his wife Peggy Ann have been married for 36 years. With the exception of having lived in the Washington, D.C. area for 10 years, they have called El Paso their home. He is a product of the public school and the University of Texas systems. John is currently the Director of Development for KTEP-FM (NPR affiliate) and a lecturer at the UTEP Department of Communication.
For the past 40 years, he has worked in the field of communication. This has included positions in management, technology, resource development, public relations, school administration and project management. John started his professional career after his first semester at UTEP working at a commercial radio station. He went on to become the morning drive announcer at two of El Paso's top rock stations. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication (UTEP, 1979) he became a recording engineer and national level technical trainer with Empowerment through Communications (ETCOM) where he also went on to become a co-founder of KXCR Radio. Recognized for his expertise in audio production, he was recruited by National Public Radio (network level) in Washington, D.C. Quickly establishing himself as one of their premier engineers, he went on to engineer numerous high level projects. The highlight of his 10 year tenure at NPR was being named the Project Engineer for the nationally broadcast 26-part series "Making the Music with Wynton Marsalis." John received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for his work on this series. Leaving NPR in 1998, John returned to El Paso and has concentrated his efforts as a communication/public relations/technology/development executive working for such prominent organizations as the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission, The El Paso Empowerment Zone, the Anthony Independent School District and Communities in Schools of El Paso.
John epitomizes lifelong learning. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication and a Master's degree in Communication Studies both from UTEP. He was also recognized as the 2014 Outstanding Graduate Student in the Communication Department graduating with a perfect 4.0 average. He has also earned certificates in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Executive Director Training from Austin Community College, and National Incident Management Training from FEMA.
"A legislator should have knowledge and experience with a wide variety of issues and public sector areas such as border health, technology infrastructure, resource development, and education. As a working professional for the past 40 years, holding high positions in management, technology, public relations, and project management I have successfully gained this experience. In several of my jobs, I have also been responsible for providing legislative analysis as part of the long/short range strategic planning and support for these organizations. As a federal legislator, you should be able to bring to the table a wide level of expertise, not just one area of expertise. As your U.S. Representative, I will:
What El Paso and the 16th district need is a Leader! I am that Leader!"Back to Top