photo by Chester Rivera

Born and raised here in Waco, Dominic Villa is an employee, student, community organizer, and, most importantly, a father. Currently majoring in Education, Dominic plans to become a teacher in the same community in which he was raised. This year marks his fifth year working for the City of Waco, where he happily plans to remain until he transitions into his teaching career.

When he’s not at work or school, Dominic spends his free time as a photographer, community gathering and event planner, and refining the organization he founded in 2019, titled ‘South Waco Strength’.

South Waco Strength exists as a movement to help spread awareness of the importance of holistic health and to eradicate stigmas surrounding mental health, while instilling pride in the local community. South Waco is a community rich in work ethic, diversity, and history. The mission is to continue this existing foundation and promote positivity through merchandise, storytelling, and community involvement.

Above all of this, Dominic places his 18 month old daughter, Maya, as his most important priority.

photo by Chester Rivera

“My daughter, along with my wife, Mariana, are the best things that ever happened to me. They are my motivation. Mariana pushes me to be better and Maya motivates me to make Waco a better place for her and the generations after, which is one of the reasons I am so happy to be working with NeighborWorks Waco–to achieve that”, says Dominic.

He joined the board of NeighborWorks Waco in late 2019, and hopes to continue his community efforts with our organization.

“I’ve always had a ton of passion and pride for Waco.”, he says, “Love for the community has been instilled into me from my mother, who has been the community center director for the last 20 years, and has been a huge part of many people’s lives. She introduced early the importance of community and the tribe mentality that I preach today. Serving with NeighborWorks Waco was an easy decision for me, based on all the amazing things they have already done in Waco over the past 25 year”.


  1. Dora salazar on February 21, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    It’s nice that young people get involved in our community.
    And that you and your family support you in everything you do.

  2. Jo Anne Johnson on February 21, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    Great job. Nana. (Charles Johnson grandmother )