President of Medical Center of the Americas (MCA) | Director since 2011
Emma Wollschlager Schwartz is the President of the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation (MCA), a non-profit organization known as the “keeper of the vision” of the MCA campus. In addition to campus master planning activities, the MCA developed and is operating the Cardwell Collaborative a 60,000 square foot biomedical research facility with wet-labs, dry-labs, big data, office space, collaboration spaces, etc. This project was the recipient of the Texas Governor’s Community Leadership Award for Health, the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Vision of Excellence Award, the AIA El Paso Design Award, the TTU Alumni Design award and LEED Silver certification. The MCA also developed the VA’s first free-standing mental health clinic that opened in 2020. Programmatically, the MCA operates its EDA i6 Challenge Grant and Seed Fund Grant Awarded Innovation Center that is working to assist technology companies launch and growth in the region, STEM Camps, Healthcare Think Tank, Clinical Trials Consortium and BIO El Paso-Juarez, a bi-national biomedical cluster group focusing on medical device product development and manufacturing. The MCA has raised and received commitments totaling over $70 million to help it achieve its mission from sources such as the City of El Paso, U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, New Market Tax Credits and local philanthropists.
Prior to the MCA, Ms. Schwartz was the founder and President of Wollschlager Consulting, LLC, d/b/a/ W Consulting, LLC, a healthcare management and regulatory compliance consulting company. And prior to launching her own consulting firm, Ms. Schwartz was the Director of Compliance Consulting for Sinaiko Healthcare Consulting, Inc. in Los Angeles, California, and the Director of Legal Compliance for Sierra Providence Health Network in El Paso, TX.
Ms. Schwartz received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University in Human Biology with a concentration in Comparative Health Policy, and she received a Master of Public Health degree from the UCLA School of Public Health in Health Services Management, where she was a Foley & Lardner Fellow. Ms. Schwartz is highly involved civically in El Paso. In October 2019, Governor Greg Abbott appointed Ms. Schwartz to a 6-year term on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. She was inducted into the El Paso Business Hall of Fame in 2016, and she was named El Pasoan of the Year for 2017. Ms. Schwartz has been a director of WestStar Bank since 2011.