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Mayor Ron Nirenberg

Mayor of San Antonio

Ron Nirenberg is the Mayor of San Antonio, one of the nation’s fastest growing cities with the 7th largest population in the United States.

He was raised in Austin, Texas, and attended college in San Antonio. Nirenberg is the son of an immigrant from Southeast Asia and the grandson of immigrants from Eastern Europe who passed through Ellis Island. Through his personal experiences, Mayor Nirenberg developed a core commitment to civic participation and the universal values of liberty, justice, and equal opportunity for every person.

Mayor Nirenberg was re-elected to a fourth and last term on May 6, 2023.

Under his leadership as mayor, the city’s budget has been adopted with a focus on equity to ensure that all parts of the city have the same level of services and infrastructure. He is focused on making key investments necessary to accommodate the growth of San Antonio, which is expected to nearly double in population by 2040. This forward-looking approach drives the mayor’s vision of a compassionate community with a globally competitive economy. In 2018, the United States Conference of Mayors recognized Mayor Nirenberg with the Small Business Advocate award for his efforts to encourage entrepreneurism.

The Mayor’s policy priorities include: workforce development. In 2020, he successfully championed SA Ready to Work, a four-year workforce development program approved by 77 percent of voters and funded without raising the tax rate as well as nurturing an educated workforce in San Antonio through the AlamoPROMISE tuition-free college program; championing innovative transportation solutions through the city’s first comprehensive multimodal transportation plan; and in 2017, Mayor Nirenberg created the Mayor’s Housing Policy Task Force seeking to ensure that all San Antonians, regardless of income level, can find quality affordable housing within the city limits. The task force recommendations were approved by City Council in 2018.

In an effort to combat the effects of global climate change, Mayor Nirenberg spearheaded a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, which was adopted by the City Council in October 2019. Shortly thereafter, Mayor Nirenberg joined the Climate Mayors Steering Committee, a group of 24 mayors who will serve as a leading voice in efforts to further climate action in the more than 400 cities across the U.S. that make up the Climate Mayors Coalition.

Mayor Nirenberg also played a leading role crafting a long-term solution in 2020 for funding the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program. The Edwards Aquifer in South-Central Texas is one of the most productive aquifers in the United States serving as the primary water source for much of the region, including the City of San Antonio and its surrounding communities.

Grist, a nonprofit media organization, named Mayor Nirenberg one of the Grist 50 in 2020, recognizing him as an emerging leader on climate change in the United States.

Under Mayor Nirenberg’s leadership the City of San Antonio has adopted a compassionate approach to migrants, establishing a Migrant Resource Center with non-profit partners to address the safety and logistical needs of asylum seekers passing through San Antonio as they arrange to travel to their host cities across the nation. He has been a vocal proponent of a compassionate, welcoming policy since his tenure as a City Councilman for San Antonio’s Council district with the most refugees.   Mayor Nirenberg was appointed to serve on the Leadership Board of the Mayors’ Migration Council, a mayor-led coalition that accelerates ambitious global action on migration and displacement.

Mayor Nirenberg chairs the US Conference of Mayors (USCM) Mayors and Business Leaders Center for Compassionate and Equitable Cities.  He spearheaded the creation of an education curriculum called CompassionateUSA, which was launched at the USCM Annual meeting in 2023 and has to date been adopted by many cities as CompassionateUSA Partners.

Mayor Nirenberg is an inaugural member of the Assembly of Local Leaders (ALL), created by the U.S. Department of State’s Special Representative for City and State Diplomacy, a new venue for the Department of State to engage with mayors, governors, and other municipal leaders on key issues that affect their communities.

Mayor Nirenberg is a Chairman Emeritus of Sister Cities International, a nonpartisan organization that connects cities across the globe through civic, educational, and cultural exchanges. The City of San Antonio enjoys active and productive Sister City relationships with 12 cities worldwide, and Mayor Nirenberg has been a participant in establishing productive, people-to-people relationships through global community partnerships and volunteer action.

He was first elected to represent District 8 on the San Antonio City Council in 2013. During his first two terms, he championed smart city and regional planning, inclusive economic development, environmental stewardship, fiscal responsibility, and governmental accountability. As councilman, he brought together a public-private coalition to save the world-renowned Bracken Bat Cave, the largest colony of bats in the world.

Prior to his public service, Mayor Nirenberg was the founder of two small-businesses, worked as the general manager of KRTU-FM San Antonio, and served as a program director for the Annenberg Public Policy Center where he developed and directed award-winning civic engagement programs.

Mayor Nirenberg graduated summa cum laude from Trinity University and received a Master’s Degree in Communication magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. He grew up in Austin, Texas.

He and his wife, First Lady Erika Prosper, are the proud parents of their son, Jonah.