Ron Nirenberg was first elected to San Antonio's City Council, representing District 8, on June 15, 2013. He is an experienced, independent voice for San Antonio families and believes in the values of fiscal responsibility, accountability, and transparency in government.
During his tenure, Councilman Nirenberg has focused on solutions to San Antonio’s deepest challenges, which include improving transportation infrastructure, securing our long term water supply, and creating jobs.
His vision is for San Antonio to become a premiere 21st Century American City, where every hard-working family can find an affordable and high quality place to live, where every child has an opportunity to be educated and establish a career, and where we celebrate our international roots and our intercultural future.
A strong advocate for balanced growth, Councilman Nirenberg serves as board member of the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Chairman of the City’s Quality of Life Committee, and Chairman of the City Council Comprehensive Planning Committee, where he has led the city’s efforts to establish a long term, citizen-directed strategy for harnessing rapid growth in the region. He created the District 8 Community Academy in 2013, which was recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives as a model civic engagement initiative.
Councilman Nirenberg initiated the city’s first coordinated water supply plan, along with a unified strategy to improve wireless and broadband infrastructure throughout San Antonio. He is credited with building a public-private, intergovernmental coalition to save the world-renowned Bracken Bat Cave in 2014. As Vice Chair of the National League of Cities’ Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Committee, Councilman Nirenberg represents the city nationally on issues ranging from energy policy to water quality. He serves as Chairman of the Air Improvement Resources Executive Committee, leading efforts to respond to increasing economic pressure presented posed by federal air quality standards. Councilman Nirenberg was also appointed by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to the 15-member FCC Intergovernmental Advisory Committee, working nationwide to accelerate data infrastructure deployment and influencing federal policy on evolving communications technology.
Councilman Nirenberg is steadfast ambassador for our District 8 community and the City of San Antonio, working across political and governmental boundaries as past Chairman of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee. He has regularly briefed the Bexar County and State of Texas delegations on local priorities and has hosted international delegations from Germany, Taiwan, Russia, Japan, Shanghai, Israel, Philippines, and Mexico. He represents the city on the boards of the Alamo Area Council of Governments, the San Antonio Medical Foundation, and BioMedSA. He chairs the Quality of Life Council Committee, tackling issues of housing affordability, homelessness, and development policy, among others.
Experienced in business and policy, Councilman Nirenberg is a former program director for the Annenberg Public Policy Center, where he developed and directed award-winning civic engagement programs in cities across the United States, including San Antonio. He is also the former General Manager of Trinity University’s KRTU-FM and founder of two small businesses: Nirenberg Fitness Training, LLC and co-founder of ColectivaMente Consulting, LLC.
As a volunteer, he has been dedicated to improving neighborhood quality of life long before elected office, having served on the board of Northside Neighbors for Organized Development and as President of the Summerfield Homeowners Association.
A graduate of Trinity University (B.A.) and the University of Pennsylvania (M.A.), Councilman Nirenberg and his wife Erika Prosper, a respected business and community leader, are proud parents of their son Jonah.
- Neighborhood Conference Committee, a restorative justice program for first time juvenile offenders
- Producer of Building San Antonio, the city’s first television program aimed at educating citizens on the planning and development processes.
- Northside Neighbors for Organized Development (NNOD) board member
- Summerfield Homeowners Association board member and past president
- Government Affairs committee, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- Transportation and Water committees, Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
- Music in the Schools board member
- Brackenridge Park Conservancy board member
- Leadership San Antonio, Class 37