Ivy Taylor

Former Mayor

Ivy R. Taylor has spent twenty years in San Antonio, TX as an affordable housing advocate, educator and elected official. Ivy 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.
Ivy’s career began as a City of San Antonio employee. She then served as Vice President of Merced Housing Texas after which she spent six years as a lecturer at UTSA in the Public Administration Department. Ivy also served on the San Antonio Planning Commission and as a Commissioner for the San Antonio Urban Renewal Agency.
In 2014, she was appointed Mayor of San Antonio. The appointment singled her out as the first African American to serve as Mayor of San Antonio. Accomplishments during her mayoral tenure include adoption of a comprehensive plan for the city, a new contract with the police union that saved millions in healthcare costs, and approval of a key water supply project.

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