San Antonio: Ivy Taylor appointed the first African American woman to be mayor of the city

San Antonio: Ivy Taylor appointed the first African American woman to be mayor of the city
Ivy Taylor named San Antonio Mayor. She did not win a majority of the council vote, as her colleagues split 5-3 over her and Councilman Ray Lopez.

Ivy Taylor

Ivy R. Taylor was appointed to serve as Mayor of San Antonio on July 22, 2014. 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 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 wife and a mother.

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.

Source: City of San Antonio
Video: Ivy Taylor new mayor of San Antonio

San Antonio
San Antonio

City Population
San Antonio: 1,409,019
City Limits: 467 square miles

Metropolitan Population
San Antonio-New Braunfels 2,277,550

San Antonio Government
The City of San Antonio runs under a Council-Manager form of government.

The daily business of City operations is the responsibility of the City Manager, the Chief Executive Officer, appointed by the Mayor and City Council. The City Manager prepares recommendations and implements the policy direction approved by the Mayor and City Council. The City Manager is responsible for the administration of City services by exercising effective leadership and management of the City. City personnel report to the City Manager.

Sheryl Sculley began serving as City Manager of San Antonio in November 2005.
List of some of the first African American mayors of larger US cites

Rank City State Population First African American Mayor
1 New York New York 8,405,837 1989 David Dinkins
2 Los Angeles California 3,884,307 1973  Tom Bradley
3 Chicago Illinois 2,718,782 1983 Harold Washington
4 Houston Texas 2,195,914 1997 Lee P. Brown
5 Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1,553,165 1984 Wilson Goode
7 San Antonio Texas 1,409,019 2014 Ivy Taylor
9 Dallas Texas 1,257,676 1995 Ron Kirk
13 Jacksonville Florida 842,583 2011  Alvin Brown
14 San Francisco California 837,442 1996 Willie Brown
15 Columbus Ohio 822,553 2000 Michael B. Coleman
16 Charlotte North Carolina 792,862 1983 Harvey Gantt
18 Detroit Michigan 688,701 1973 Coleman Young
20 Memphis Tennessee 653,450 1982 J.O. Patterson, Jr./1990 W. W. Herenton
21 Seattle Washington 652,405 1989 Norm Rice
22 Denver Colorado 649,495 1991 Wellington Webb
23 Washington District of Columbia 646,449 1975 Walter Washington
26 Baltimore Maryland 622,104 1987 Clarence H. Burns/1988 Kurt Schmoke
31 Milwaukee Wisconsin 599,164 2004 Marvin Pratt
35 Sacramento California 479,686 2008 Kevin Johnson
37 Kansas City Missouri 467,007 1991 Emanuel Cleaver
40 Atlanta Georgia 447,841 1973  Maynard Jackson
43 Raleigh North Carolina 431,746 1973 Clarence Lightner
45 Oakland California 406,253 1978 Lionel Wilson
46 Minneapolis Minnesota 400,070 1994 Sharon Sayles Belton
48 Cleveland Ohio 390,113 1968 Carl Stokes
49 Wichita Kansas 386,552 2007 Carl Brewer
51 New Orleans Louisiana 378,715 1978 Ernest N. Morial
58 St. Louis Missouri 318,416 1993 Freeman Bosley, Jr.
65 Cincinnati Ohio 297,517 1972 Ted Berry/ 2005 Mark Mallory
67 Toledo Ohio 282,313 2002 Jack Ford
68 Greensboro North Carolina 279,639 2007 Yvonne Johnson
69 Newark New Jersey 278,427 1970 Kenneth A. Gibson
73 Buffalo New York 258,959 2005 Byron Brown
82 Durham North Carolina 245,475 1989 Chester Jenkins
91 Chesapeake Virginia 230,571 1990 William E. Ward
93 Baton Rouge Louisiana 229,426 2004 Kip Holden
99 Richmond Virginia 214,114 1977  Henry L. Marsh
101 Birmingham Alabama 212,113 1979 Richard Arrington, Jr.
102 Spokane Washington 210,721 1981 James E. Chase
103 Rochester New York 210,358 1993 William A. Johnson, Jr.
104 Des Moines Iowa 207,510 1997 Preston Daniels
106 Fayetteville North Carolina 204,408 2001 Marshall Pitts Jr.
107 Tacoma Washington 203,446 1994 Harold Moss
109 Fontana California 203,003 2010 Acquanetta Warren
110 Columbus Georgia 202,824 1973 A.J. McClung
113 Shreveport Louisiana 200,327 2006 Cedric Glover

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