Rey Saldaña was elected to serve as a 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 completing 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, Councilman Saldaña helped organize Books in the Barrio, an ongoing 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. While studying at Stanford University, Councilman Saldaña returned to San Antonio each summer to work for the city and its residents.
At Stanford, 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. Long a deep believer in the importance of education, Councilman Saldaña returned to San Antonio after completing his studies at Stanford to address educational challenges in the city. He has been working closely with local schools districts by championing the increase of funding for programs for youth that include, Communities in Schools, United Way, and Federal Funding for infrastructure around schools. Since January 2011, Councilman Saldaña has taught a course on urban education at Trinity University, Palo Alto College, and is also currently helping to promote programs that he was able to take advantage of by joining UTSA’s Vice Presidents office of Community Service.
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.