Ivy R. Taylor Makes History as First Black Mayor of San Antonio

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Ivy R. Taylor

San Antonio- Ivy R. Taylor was appointed to serve as Mayor of San Antonio on July 22, 2014. She is the first Black mayor to run the nation’s 7th largest city.

Mayor Taylor was appointed by the San Antonio City Council to fulfill Julian Castro’s unexpired term as Mayor. Prior to her appointment, Mayor Taylor served as the District 2 City Council Representative. Ivy R. Taylor was elected to serve as the District 2 Representative on June 13, 2009 and served two and a half terms for a total of five years.

Mayor Taylor began her career working for the City of San Antonio in the Housing and Community Development Department and the Neighborhood Action Department. While at the City, she worked with a variety of neighborhood associations, developers and nonprofit organizations in order to facilitate inner city redevelopment. She also planned several of the City’s Housing Summits, which provided an opportunity for community partners to exchange practical ideas on how to address our city’s housing needs. After six years, she left employment with the City of San Antonio to become Vice President at Merced Housing Texas. At Merced, she worked to create and implement programs focused on children, education, health and financial literacy for apartment community residents. Mayor Taylor is a lecturer at UTSA in the Public Administration Department.

Mayor Taylor currently serves on the board for Healthy Futures of Texas and Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas. She has served on the City’s Planning Commission and as a Commissioner for the City’s Urban Renewal Agency (SADA) and on the advisory board for Our Lady of the Lake’s Center for Women in Church and Society. Mayor Taylor completed the Leadership San Antonio class sponsored by the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and in 2004 was acknowledged by the San Antonio Business Journal as a “Rising Star” in their “40 under 40″ class. In 2008, she completed Bank of America’s Neighborhood Excellence Leadership Training Program.

Mayor Taylor obtained a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998. In 1992, she received a Bachelor’s Degree from Yale University. Mayor Taylor is a loving wife and a mother.


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  1. Michael Martin

    She was a ” Giant ” if words would say and not to mention the greatest Female mentor, an Empire phenominal Champion among the women African Americans. I thank God that I had the pleasure to meet a real genius woman in my life. To all the Thorntons and husban Mr.Tull Thornton we love you, I love you and now a is”Star” is missing …but it will always shine brighter in the heavens….Because God is Real….Lord…Thank you for loaning her to us for 81years. In Jesus name AMEN

  2. Lorinda Carr

    Historic yes. Progressive I wonder. Visionary I don’t think so. expander of civil rights to other minorities besides her own Well recently Mayor Taylor told a group of Activist that she had voted against an ordinance in favor of the GLBT community because it was bad for Business. How? Does she think there are no GLBT business owners or that our city of San Antonio really wants to attract businesses that discriminate against the GLBT community. I feel Ms. Taylor flipped flopped on the ordinance issue at first telling activist she would vote for it because it was a civil rights issue and then saying she couldn’t for religious reasons. Does that mean she didn’t know what her religious convictions were in the first place or that she will take a stand on civil rights issues only when it’s easy? Mayor Taylor obviously has the background for the job but does she have a vision that is willing to take a risk and is for all of San Antonio’s citizens?


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