John Courage, City Council District 9


City Hall
P.O. Box 839966
San Antonio, TX 78283
Office Line: 210.207.7325

Frost Bank Field Office
Constituent Office
16500 San Pedro, Suite 290
San Antonio, TX 78232

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  • Derek RobertsDerek Roberts
    Chief of Staff
    Zoning Liaison
  • Nikki KingEmail Nikki King
    Sr. Executive Secretary
  • Ryder BilloRyder Billo
    Communications Director
  • Milee RayMilee Ray
    Special Events Coordinator
  • Bryan NaylorBryan Naylor
    Community Safety Liaison
  • Colt OsburnColt Osburn
    Senior Infrastructure Analyst
  • Frankie TrynoskiFrankie Trynoski
    Policy Advisor
  • Ileana SandovalIleana Sandoval
    Policy Advisor


John Courage and City seal

Councilman Courage came to San Antonio for basic training after enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in 1971. He was honorably discharged four years later and enrolled in the University of Texas at San Antonio, working his way through school with jobs in a local children's home and the Bexar County Mental Health Department until he earned a BA in American Studies.

In 1980, Courage won election to the Alamo Community College District Board of Trustees in San Antonio. He quickly established a reputation as a fierce defender of access and accountability in our higher education system and helped create Palo Alto Community College to expand higher education opportunities to an area of the city that lacked them.

The councilman has served on the San Antonio Teachers' Council Board, been a delegate to the National Education Association's convention for many years, and testified before the Texas House of Representatives' Committee on Education and the State Board of Education. He was appointed to the San Antonio Literacy Commission and was involved in the establishment of literacy centers across San Antonio in the 1990s.

A married father of four, Councilman Courage and his wife are active members of their community. He has served as a Boy Scout troop leader and a sponsor of the Reconciliation Episcopal Church Youth Group, as well as a volunteer coach for community soccer and baseball leagues. In his spare time, the councilman is an avid Spurs fan and enjoys playing basketball to stay active.