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SON OF SAN ANTONIO


My family came to this land with the Missions. Here is our story.

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SON OF SAN ANTONIO


My family came to this land with the Missions. Here is our story.

San Antonio allowed me to reach for the American Dream. As your District 1 City Council member, I pledge above all to protect that opportunity for you and your loved ones—right here at home.

Biography In a Nutshell

  • I was born and raised on the Southside of San Antonio, a town my family has called home for nearly 300 years.
  • With my family's love and support and a lot of hard work, I made it to Central Catholic High School, Yale College, and Stanford Law School. Public service is a way to honor the generations of sacrifice that made those opportunities possible.
  • Having built tech startups, crafted public policy, and served as an advocate at the local, state, and federal levels, I am the best-prepared and most broadly experienced candidate for City Council in District 1—and the most committed to your priorities.

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FAMILY ROOTS


To know where you're going, you have to know where you've been.

FAMILY ROOTS


To know where you're going, you have to know where you've been.

ROOTS IN THE LAND

I am a direct descendent of Pedro Huizar, the man who carved the Rose Window at Mission San José. Over the centuries, that renowned architectural masterpiece has become the signature artistic emblem of our city and a cherished reminder of the rich cultural history we share as San Antonians. When your roots are this deep, the land and the people are in your blood.

However, I am also the descendent of local sharecroppers, and my father's parents, both immigrants, worked as a handyman and a housecleaner in San Antonio just to make ends meet. In ways beyond words, they taught me the value of hard work.

 

THE GREATEST GENERATION AND THE BOOMERS WHO RAISED ME

My grandfather left the farm as an Army volunteer, fighting in Italy and North Africa during World War II. Later, my dad would fight in Vietnam. Both earned the Purple Heart and forged my deep respect for the service members who defend liberty throughout the world.

My mother went to Our Lady of the Lake. As the first member of my family to earn a college degree—and as a woman doing so in the early 1970s—she was a trailblazer and an inspiration for my own focus on academic achievement.

I am grateful every day for those who have come before me. Their sacrifices are what have made it even possible for me to pursue the American Dream—even as they, too, took part in its arc.

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LEARNING BY DOING


It's not the schools or jobs that matter—it's the people you meet along the way.

LEARNING BY DOING


It's not the schools or jobs that matter—it's the people you meet along the way.

GROWING UP ON BOTH SIDES OF THE TRACKS

I went to elementary and middle school at St. Pius X, on the city's Northeast side, but my family lived on the Southside. Going back and forth from a predominantly Anglo and upper middle class school to a predominantly Hispanic and lower income neighborhood taught me the value of open-mindedness and empathy. It taught me to see how much people from different backgrounds have in common. It taught me that while hard work is often rewarded, so too must we keep in mind the unfair advantages of blind luck.

At Central Catholic High School, character formation was paramount, but leadership in San Antonio was also expected. Through the example of graduates like former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, former State Representative Mike Villareal, Ernesto Cortés, State Senator José Menendez, and Willie Velasquez, I learned that service and leadership are not only two sides of the same coin but also the honors and obligations of a moral life.

 

EDUCATION AND CAREER

I earned my bachelors degree from Yale, studying ethics and politics, and my law degree from Stanford, focusing on the rule of law and statutory interpretation. At Stanford, I founded a student group dedicated to protecting voting rights and served on the board of the Stanford Law Review, in which my legal scholarship has also been published.

But Stanford—located in the heart of Silicon Valley—also opened up opportunities beyond the law. For example, I explored the worlds of behavioral science and design, taught myself coding basics, and got my start in technology entrepreneurship. Since graduating from law school, I have continued to work in technology and politics, taking operational roles inside startups and campaigns while also continuing to practice law.

At every stage, it has been the people I've met who've taught me the most.

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READY TO SERVE


Public service is a calling, a blessing, and a duty.

READY TO SERVE


Public service is a calling, a blessing, and a duty.

I have always had an innate drive to help others. You can see it even in the image, above, of me as a toddler attempting to help my mom bake. I can't say where it came from, but I do know that I have been blessed with many examples of public service to follow: my grandparents, who worked for the Catholic Church; my parents, who are both career civil servants; elected officials, whom I have advised on public policy; and the Marianists, who took vows of poverty to educate teenagers like me at Central Catholic.

It is these role models I've tried to emulate, whether in business, government, or a non-profit. And because I have worked across these areas at every level—local, state, and federal—I am the candidate best prepared to fight for you at City Hall.

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