Outstanding Young San Antonian


2017 Outstanding Young San Antonian

Rey Saldaña was first elected to serve as a San Antonio City Councilmember for District 4 on May 14, 2011.

Councilman Saldaña is a lifelong resident of City Council District 4 and a proud graduate of South San Antonio High School. After graduating from high school, Councilman Saldaña received a Gates Millennium full academic scholarship to attend Stanford University in California, where he earned two bachelor’s degrees in political science and communication, as well as a fifth-year master’s degree in policy, organization, and leadership studies through Stanford’s School of Education.

Councilman Saldaña has always been committed to giving back to the city that has given him so much. As a senior at South San Antonio High School, he helped organize Books in the Barrio, a grassroots effort to attract and maintain a bookstore in South San Antonio. The effort resulted in the opening of a Walden’s Bookstore in South Park Mall. During his time at Stanford, Councilman Saldaña returned home each summer to work for the City of San Antonio and its residents.

While in California, Councilman Saldaña worked with the John W. Gardner Center and Stanford’s Institute for Research on Educational Policy and Programs to promote educational advancement through collaborative research. He also served as a coordinator for Kids with Dreams, a community program that provides therapeutic activities for children suffering from disabilities. Long a deep believer in the importance of education, he returned to San Antonio after completing his studies at Stanford to address educational challenges in the city. He previously served as a field representative for Tutors with Computers, the largest supplemental educational services provider in Texas. The program aims to improve students’ academic outcomes by targeting low-income families and providing free in-home tutoring assistance to students in local school districts. Since January 2011, Councilman Saldaña has taught as an adjunct professor at Trinity University, Texas A&M University – San Antonio, and Palo Alto College. He previously worked as a special projects manager in the Dean’s Office at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), and now serves as the Chief Engagement Officer for KIPP: San Antonio.

Councilman Saldaña is a former captain of South San’s varsity baseball team and a three-year member of Stanford’s baseball team, earning a trip to the NCAA Division I College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska in 2008. Although his playing days are now over, he continues to maintain an active lifestyle. In his spare time, he can often be found jogging throughout the district and encourages his friends and neighbors to run with him.

2016        Brandon Logan

2015        John Marek

2014       Shannon Sedwick Davis

2013       Rev. Gavin Rogers

2012       Jennifer Paquette

2011       Armen Babajanian

2010       Bruce Bowen

2009       Rebecca Brune

2008       Mark Larson

2007       Lanham Napier

2006       Dr. Fernando Lopez

2005       Josh Davis

2004       Leslie Mouton

2003       Tim Duncan

2002       Mark Mays

2001       Mayor Ed Garza

2000       Justice Wallace Jefferson

1999       Pat Frost

1998       David Robinson

1997       Ron Barshop

1996       Lyle Larson

1995       Richard H. Cavender

1994       T.J. Connolly

1993       Robert G. Marbut, Jr.

1992       Richard P. Ojeda

1991       Judge Carleton B. Spears

1990       Judge Bonnie Reed

1989       Karyne Jones Conley

1988       Thomas Yantis

1987       Cyndi Taylor Krier

1986       Dr. Louis Agnese, Jr.

1985       Gilbert F. Vazquez

1984       Roy Barrera, Jr

1983       Paul Rush

1982       Gary Short

1981       James Dublin

1980       Carl D. Newton, III

1979       Frank Tejeda

1978       Dan Loveland

1977       Tom Vickers

1976       W.W. McAlllister, III

1975       Henry G. Cisneros

1974       Bernard M. Brooks, Jr.

1973       Reese L. Harrison

1972       Nelson W. Wolff

1971       Bob Lee

1970       Segal V. Wheatley

1969       Charles S. Nelson

1968       Douglas Mitchell

1967       Boone Powell

1966       James L. Hayne

1965       Lloyd Jary, Jr.

1964       Charles L. Smith

1963       W. Don Tiner

1962       Franklin S. Spears

1961       Tom Frost, Jr.

1960       Jack Pitcluk, Jr.

1959       Porter Loring, Jr.

1958       Jack Cones

1957       John Daniels

1956       Hubert Green, Jr.

1955       Walter Corrigan

1954       Bob Hollingsworth

1953       Bill Southwell

1952       Sam Riklin

1951       Bill Camp

1951       Sam Jarle

1951       Sam Riklin

1951       Phil Willis

1951       Forres E. Wood

1950       William Bellamy

1950       John W. Fielder

1950       Jack C. Hamilton

1950       Paul K. Herder

1950       Henry J. Sebastian

1949       James V. McGoodwin

1948       Tom Slick

1947       Dan Gates

1946       Lou Riklin

1945       Angus Cockrell

1944       Carl Stromberger

1943       Willis Tate

1942       Walter Thomas

1941       Harold Risener

1940       Jake Tiner

1939       Albert Buss

1938       Jesse Fletcher

1937       Theo Weiss

1936       Fred Felty

1935       Joni Jones

1934       Bailey Peyton

1933       Guy Bonham

1932       Arthur Pfeil

1931       Youngs Crook