Rey Saldaña

    Regional Advocacy Director – South Texas

    Rey joined the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation in June of 2019 as the Regional Director of Outreach for South Texas. Combining policy, outreach, and community engagement, he will help create a grassroots advocacy network for public schools across the state of Texas.

    In May of 2019, Rey successfully completed four elected terms on the San Antonio City Council. There he championed the expansion of park space and community clinics in underserved areas, fought for increased funding for the city’s public transportation system, successfully campaigned for funding of the city’s early childhood initiative (Pre-K 4SA), and streamlined the city and county’s child truancy court. He chaired the city’s Intergovernmental Relations Committee, where he worked closely with state and federal legislators on law making and local policy development. Concurrent with his elected position, he has taught as an Adjunct Professor at Trinity University and Palo Alto Community College. Additionally, he has worked with The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Office of Community Engagement and served as Chief Engagement Officer with KIPP San Antonio Public Schools. He is a member of the National Board of Communities in Schools and Chair of the San Antonio Metropolitan Transit Agency-VIA.

    Rey holds a Master’s degree from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, where he studied Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies. He earned two bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Communications from Stanford, where he was a Gates Millennium Scholar and member of the Division I Stanford Baseball Team.

    The son of immigrants, Rey was born and raised on the South Side of San Antonio and the product of Title I Texas public schools. He is a proud first-generation American and first in his family to graduate from college. He and his wife Jessica are the happy parents of Eli and two rescue dogs.

    The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any. - Alice Walker
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