City Manager, City of San Antonio
Sheryl Sculley began serving as City Manager of San Antonio, Texas 10 years ago in November 2005. With 40 years in city management, Sculley is the Chief Executive Officer of the municipal corporation of 12,000 employees, an annual operating and capital budget of $2.4 billion, and a city population of 1.4 million residents. San Antonio is the nation’s seventh largest city.
Appointed by the Mayor and City Council, Sculley was recruited in 2005 to transform the City administration and improve the community’s public infrastructure. During her nine-year tenure, she has appointed executive leadership, reorganized City departments, streamlined City business systems, improved customer service, and elevated the professionalism of local government through the City’s Core Values: Teamwork, Integrity, Innovation, and Professionalism
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Mayor, City of San Antonio
Ron Nirenberg was elected mayor of San Antonio on June 10, 2017. He has been committed to public service most of his life, including serving as a program director for the Annenberg Public Policy Center.
He was first elected to the San Antonio City Council in 2013. The former District 8 councilman helped guide one of the fastest-growing areas in the state and pursued policies that celebrated the city’s diversity.
He has championed smart planning, economic development, sustainability and government accountability.
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Lourdes M. Castro Ramírez
Task Force Chair
Castro Ramírez is an accomplished executive dedicated to building partnerships, improving lives and communities, and expanding economic, educational and health opportunities.
Castro Ramírez is the current President of the University Health System Foundation which is dedicated to advancing the medical, educational and research goals and improving the health and well-being of the people of San Antonio, Bexar County, and South Texas.
Prior to her position with University Health System, Castro Ramírez served in President Barack Obama’s Administration as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary leading the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Public and Indian Housing.
From April 2009 to March 2015, Castro Ramírez led the San Antonio Housing Authority as the President/CEO. Under her leadership, SAHA became known for its innovations in education, workforce development, affordable housing preservation and neighborhood revitalization.
Castro Ramírez’s career in affordable housing and community development began two decades ago as a Community Planner in Ventura County and then at the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) as the Director for HACLA's Jobs-Plus Demonstration and later as Director of HACLA's Housing Choice Voucher program.
Castro Ramírez received both her Master’s in Urban Planning and Bachelor’s in Political Science and Chicano/a Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She also completed an executive finance course at Harvard Business School.
Castro Ramírez is an active civic and community leader serving in local and state organizations including: Nico’s Dream, Chair of the San Antonio Mayor’s Housing Policy Task Force, Texas Lyceum, Daughters of Charity Services of San Antonio, Centro San Antonio, and Hispanas Organized for Political Equality, and MacArthur High School PTSA.
Castro Ramírez is married to Jorge and together they have three children: Jorge, Nicolás, and Natalia. She and her husband coordinate an annual Kick Cancer Soccer Camp in memory of their son Nicolás, who lost his battle to cancer at the age of 11. Proceeds support Nico’s Dream and childhood cancer research and support for families.
Owner, Pape Dawson Engineering
Gene Dawson is President of Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc. As President, he is responsible for the firm’s overall performance of over 500 employees and provides oversight for major projects. Mr. Dawson’s experience includes more than 30 years of progressive civil and environmental engineering in the execution of land development, transportation, public works, and infrastructure projects. He has received numerous awards for his professional and civic services, including being inducted as a Distinguished Alumni at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He maintains active membership and involvement in various organizations, including the Bank of San Antonio Board of Directors, Bank of Austin Board of Directors, Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation Board of Directors and Capital Campaign Chairman, President of the UTSA Roadrunner Athletic Foundation, Centro Partnership San Antonio Board of Directors, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, and Real Estate Council of San Antonio Executive Committee.