Jessica Davila-Burnett, ’05 BA, ’06 MAA
2015 Alumna of Distinction for Service in Mission
Jessica Davila-Burnett was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas and is a graduate of Mary Carroll High School. Burnett earned her associates degree from Del Mar College, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of the Incarnate Word’s (UIW) Adult Degree Completion Program at Del Mar College. She also holds a master’s degree in organizational development from UIW Online. Burnett is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Texas, Leadership Corpus Christi Class 33, and the City of Corpus Christi Citizen University Class 1. Burnett recently moved from Corpus Christi and now calls San Antonio home.
In 1999, Burnett founded the Brown Bag Challenge, a volunteer organization serving the homeless in Corpus Christi. She is a founding member of the Surfrider Foundation Coastal Bend Chapter which serves all of South Texas. In 2013, Burnett served as Chair for the Corpus Christi Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (CCHCC) Board of Directors; she founded Mi Casa Es Su Casa, an exclusive event for women which raises funds for the CCHCC’s Mano A Mano scholarship program. Over the past decade, Burnett has held leadership roles on various community boards and committees. Her volunteer work includes: Toys for Tots, American Diabetes Association, CC Arts and Cultural Commission, Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, Amistad Community Health Center, March of Dimes, Leadership Corpus Christi (LCC) Alumni Association, LCC 36 general chair; Corpus Christi Under 40, American Heart Association, Corpus Christi Education Foundation, The Rise School of Corpus Christ, Del Mar College, and the University of the Incarnate Word Alumni Association Coastal Bend Chapter.
Burnett’s oldest daughter, Skyler, was diagnosed with a severe peanut allergy at age 3. The Burnett family actively raises funds for food allergy research. Burnett has become an advocate for children diagnosed with severe food allergies and created Platters Matter, an online community to help educate others on allergen-free foods. In 2011, Burnett championed House Bill 742 with State Representative and Chairman of Calendars Todd Hunter; together they passed a records bill for children with severe food allergies attending Texas public schools.
Burnett has been recognized internationally, nationally and locally for her achievements in community service. She was named among the Top 10 Most Amazing Women in the 2004 September Issue of Latina Magazine. She received the 2004 KRIS-TV 6 and Corpus Christi Caller-Times Jefferson Medallion Award, and the 2004 Campus Ministry Award from UIW for outstanding community service. She was named the 2007 Corpus Christi “Under Forty” Person of the Year. In 2011, Del Mar College inducted Burnett into the Del Mar Wall of Honor and the Leadership Corpus Christi Alumni Association recognized her and a friend as the LCCA Alumni of the Year. In 2013, Burnett was named one of the Best Dressed and Philanthropists from the Ready or Not Foundation for Pediatric Brain Cancer Research.
Burnett serves as public relations director for Stripes® Convenience Stores where she oversees the Corporate Social Responsibility Program, Stripes social media channels as well at public and media relations, and sponsorships.
Burnett is married to Chris Burnett, and together they have two daughters, Skyler and Brooklyn. They are excited to live closer to UIW and look forward to the upcoming football season. Go Cardinals!