Center City Development & Operations Director



John Jacks was appointed the Director of the Center City Development and Operations Department in May 2017. As Director, he is responsible for facilitating and initiating the development and redevelopment of neighborhoods, businesses and cultural resources within the Center City area to foster thriving neighborhoods for the benefit of residents, visitors and businesses. Mr. Jacks supervises the activities of 160 employees, an annual expense budget of $44.6 million and the operation of the River Walk, the largest urban ecosystem in the nation.

Mr. Jacks has 20 years of municipal government experience, most recently as the Assistant Director of the City of San Antonio’s Development Services Department. He began his career with the City of San Antonio in the Planning Department. In his time with the City, he has been instrumental in facilitating exciting economic development projects and positive growth in the community. By cultivating a philosophy of facilitation, San Antonio has achieved staying power as one of the most attractive environments for business in the United States.

Prior to joining the City of San Antonio, he served as a Planner with the City of New Braunfels Planning Department.


  • Bachelor of Science in Geography, Texas State University

Professional Membership and Community Involvement

  • American Planning Association 
  • Urban Land Institute 
  • International Downtown Association
  • International Parking Institute


Mr. Jacks is married and is a proud parent to three children. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and is an avid runner. He can often be found training for his next marathon on the City’s various Greenways or his favorite trail, the San Antonio Riverwalk.

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