Throughout his time on City Council, family man and military man Cris Medina has proven to be a deliberate and thoughtful voice and leader for the residents of District 7. Reflecting the values of the families he represents, Cris focuses on investing in neighborhoods, improving infrastructure, increasing public safety, enhancing our parks and greens paces and fostering sound economic development for our city.
In his first term and a half on Council, Cris Medina has established himself as a public policy leader by offering a myriad of proposals ranging from anti-graffiti measures and the Safe Streets SA pilot program, to requesting an equal pay study for city employees, transitioning city government to a paperless system and crafting new policies that reflect the voice of businesses, families and community stakeholders. Councilman Medina's leadership as Chairman of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee makes certain that Austin and Washington, DC, hear the voice of San Antonio and his service on the Educational Excellence Committee helped drive the Pre-K SA issue through Council and public approval.
Throughout his career, Cris has dedicated his time to the service of others. His service to the community includes: Past President of the French Creek Village Homeowners Association, past Representative to the City's Community Action Advisory Board; Graduate of the City of San Antonio's Municipal Leadership Institute, Graduate of the City's Citizen's Academy and participation in the San Antonio Police Department's Cellular on Patrol Program. Cris has also dedicated his time to serving and volunteering for numerous non-profit organizations such as: Board Member for The Network for Young Artists, past Board Member for Voz de Mujer Inc.; Mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas; Volunteer with Meals on Wheels and past Councilmember for the Salvation Army's William & Catherine Booth Apartments Senior Advisory Council.
Cris was raised to give back to his country and his community for all of the benefits he enjoyed growing up. After 9/11, Cris enlisted as a member of our Armed Forces. He enlisted in 2002 with the Air Force Reserve's 433d Airlift Wing, Lackland AFB, TX, where he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. In June 2010, he was commissioned as a Public Affairs Officer and has since been selected for promotion to the rank of Captain, effective June 2014.
Cris is also a 2010 graduate of one of the city's most distinguished leadership programs, the Alex Briseno Leadership Development Program, sponsored by the San Antonio Hispanic and Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. Cris' past professional experience includes serving as Chief of Staff to former District 7 City Councilman and current State Representative, Justin Rodriguez. In this capacity, he successfully managed all staff on personnel, policy and community outreach initiatives for the office and built strong relationships with community leaders and stakeholders across District 7.
Cris is also dedicated to the pursuit of higher education. Cris has gone on to earn an Associate of Arts in Government from Palo Alto College, an Associate of Arts degree from the Community College of the Air Force and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Presently, Cris is a graduate candidate for a Master of Public Administration degree from St. Mary's University.
Cris and his wife Jacqueline, a Jefferson High School graduate and former "Lasso", reside in the French Creek Village neighborhood along with their two sons, CJ and Jake. As proud parents, they enjoy family outings to O.P. Schnabel and Nani Falcone Parks. Cris and his family attend St. Brigid's Church and are active supporters of several parish communities in the district.