Ivy Taylor made history over the summer by becoming the first Black woman to serve as mayor of San Antonio. After serving the “River City” as a three-time councilwoman, Mrs. Taylor’s appointment to the seat could signal bigger things to come. Taylor grew up in New York and attended Yale University for her undergraduate degree, which she obtained in 1992.
She went on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning a master’s degree in city and regional planning. She took those skills to San Antonio working as a city planner and boosting it’s reputation as one of America’s top cities. In 2009, she was elected to the District 2 City Council. Taylor served two and a half terms for a total of five years.
Taylor’s appointment to the mayoral seat came by way of outgoing mayor Julian Castro heading off to join President Barack Obama‘s Cabinet as the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Taylor will serve out the remainder of Castro’s term and but said she doesn’t intend to run for the mayor’s seat in 2015. However, there are rumors Taylor has her eyes set on a Democratic congressional seat in the state’s legislature.
Taylor, a wife and mother to one daughter, teaches classes as the University of Texas at San Antonio. She also serves on the boards of the Healthy Futures of Texas and Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas organizations.
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