Christina Markell-Balleza

Managing Director & General Counsel, Partner   


Christina Markell-Balleza is the General Counsel and Executive Vice President of South Texas Money Management. She joined the firm in September, 2011. Ms. Markell-Balleza is directly responsible for all legal matters of the firm and supervises the firm's compliance and accounting teams. In addition, Ms. Markell-Balleza serves on the firm's management team and the Wealth Management Platform investment committee.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Markell-Balleza worked in the investment funds and business planning practices of Haynes and Boone, LLP in Dallas for eight years. Her experience includes representing investment advisers with respect to organizational matters, registration, securities and regulatory issues, compliance, fund formation, and investor negotiations.

Ms. Markell-Balleza serves on the Board of the St. Peter- St. Joseph's Children's Home. She has served on a number of other community and non-profit boards including the Landa Gardens Conservancy, the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Young Leaders Steering Committee, the Board of Directors of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul of Metropolitan Dallas, Texas Wall Street Women's Angel Board, and the Board of Directors of the Free Trade Alliance. 

Ms. Markell-Balleza received a Juris Doctorate with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, from the Honors Program, cum laude, from St. Mary's University.