Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
US Department of Housing and Urban Development
Julián Castro was first elected Mayor of San Antonio on 9 May 2009. A 37-year-old San Antonio native, Mayor Castro is the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American city. In 2001, at the age of 26, Castro became the youngest elected city councilman at that point in San Antonio history. Throughout his tenure in public service, Mayor Castro has championed a vision of economic growth and a top-notch quality of life for all San Antonians. Befitting those goals, Mayor Castro has placed an unprecedented emphasis on education during his time in office with a goal of positioning the city to attract the jobs of the future. His initiatives include a holistic approach to raise local educational attainment levels by championing early childhood education, high school dropout prevention and comprehensive higher education counseling. Under his leadership, the city opened Café College, a one-stop counseling center offering advice on financial aid, college admissions and standardized test preparation to any student in the San Antonio area.