Mayor Ivy Taylor

Early Years:

Born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 17, Ivy Taylor grew up in Queens, New York, where she developed her love reading by losing herself in the World Book Encyclopedia. 

In 1988, Mayor Taylor became the first member of her family to attend college. Her mother, who was raised in the segregated South, encouraged her to go to Yale so that she could get the best education possible.


During her college years, Mayor Taylor fell in love with old buildings. She also learned the value of public service, joining the national Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

After college, Mayor Taylor took her talents to the University of North Carolina -- Chapel Hill where she earned her master’s degree in city planning. As a graduate student, she landed in San Antonio for a ten-week internship with The Affordable Housing Association.

Although she didn’t plan to stay in San Antonio for long, her plans soon changed when she met the man of her dreams -- Rodney Taylor. After she finished her degree, Mayor Taylor moved back to the Alamo City and the couple got married.

Their daughter, Morgan, was born in 2004. 


Mayor Taylor’s career began with the City of San Antonio Housing and Community Development and Neighborhood Action departments. Later, she went to work for the nonprofit Merced Housing. She fought for neighborhood and inner-city redevelopment, for families in apartment communities and low-income neighborhoods, and for affordable housing. 

In 2009, answering the call of community leaders in District 2, Ivy Taylor successfully ran for City Council. She dedicated herself to bringing opportunity to San Antonio's long-neglected communities. In her five years as Councilwoman, she was the driving force behind the “Eastside Summit,” which paved the way for the current Eastside Promise Neighborhood and Wheatley Choice Neighborhood grants as well as the Federal Promise Zone designation for the East Side. Under her leadership, the East Side has been awarded close to $50 million in grants for its revitalization efforts and is the only region in the country to receive multiple Promise Zone Grants concurrently. 

In 2014, with the departure of then-Mayor, Julian Casto, Ivy Taylor was appointed by her Council colleagues to serve out the remainder of his third term. She became the first black woman to serve as mayor of a city with a population over one million and only the second female Mayor of San Antonio. 

In 2015, Ivy Taylor jumped into a crowded field to run for her first full-term as Mayor, and won after an intense runoff with one of the State’s most well-known politicians.


Since her election in 2015, Mayor Taylor has worked hard to make her vision for San Antonio a reality. She has already secured our city’s water future, broken a political stalemate and negotiated a new police contract, ended veteran homelessness, and worked to equip San Antonio with the infrastructure, digital tools, and workforce it needs to become a globally competitive city.

Mayor Taylor has accomplished a lot, but still has a lot more to do. For more information on her plans for the future of San Antonio, check out her platform here.

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Mayor Taylor:

Ivy Taylor has spent nearly two decades in public service in San Antonio. From working on housing and community issues as an urban planner to serving nearly a decade on City Council, Ivy Taylor has dedicated her career to helping San Antonio thrive.

Her passions are city planning and strengthening neighborhoods -- and kicking back with a good biography.

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Keep San Antonio growing with Ivy.