Listening better, working harder.
You have told me that, as your Councilman, I should continue being an independent voice for all San Antonians. I am driven by the values of fairness and transparency, and I believe that government should work for the interests of the average person. Every decision we make should be measured by three things:
I believe in responsive, limited government, and it begins with your voice being heard.Learn About My Priorities
1. Is it fiscally responsible?
Does it properly balance the short term needs of our residents with the long term necessities of our community? Our quality of life depends on harnessing positive growth throughout San Antonio while keeping cost of living affordable.
2. Is it fair and ethical?
Has the process been transparent, objective, and free from special interests? Have all stakeholders and neighbors been given an opportunity to weigh in? City leaders should be independent voices for our neighbors, free from conflicts of interest.
3. Have we done our homework?
Have we truly listened to the concerns of our neighbors and are the conclusions we’ve reached consistent with those conversations? Has any important information been left out? Every action taken by elected leaders should be measured and restrained for the betterment of our community – all relevant facts should be considered, checked, and checked again.
Ron Nirenberg was first elected to San Antonio's City Council, representing the diverse and fast-growing population on the northwest side of the city – District 8 – on June 15, 2013.
Councilman Nirenberg is an experienced, independent voice for San Antonio families and believes in the values of fiscal responsibility, accountability, and transparency in government. During his tenure, he has focused on solutions to San Antonio’s deepest challenges, which include improving transportation infrastructure, securing our long term water supply, and creating jobs.
His vision is for San Antonio to become a premiere 21st Century American City, where every hard-working family can find an affordable and high quality place to live, where every child has an opportunity to be educated and establish a career, and where we celebrate our international roots and our intercultural future.
A strong advocate for balanced growth, Councilman Nirenberg serves as board member of the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Chairman of the City’s Quality of Life Committee, and Chairman of the City Council Comprehensive Planning Committee, where he has led the city’s efforts to establish a long term, citizen-directed strategy for harnessing rapid growth in the region. He created the District 8 Community Academy in 2013, which was recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives as a model civic engagement initiative.
Councilman Nirenberg initiated the city’s first coordinated water supply plan, along with a unified strategy to improve wireless and broadband infrastructure throughout San Antonio. He is credited with building a public-private, intergovernmental coalition to save the world renowned Bracken Bat Cave in 2014. As Vice Chair of the National League of Cities’ Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Committee, Councilman Nirenberg represents the city nationally on issues ranging from energy policy to water quality. He was also appointed by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to the 16-member FCC Intergovernmental Advisory Committee.
Councilman Nirenberg is steadfast ambassador for our District 8 community and the City of San Antonio, working across political and governmental boundaries as past Chairman of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee. He has regularly briefed the Bexar County and State of Texas delegations on local priorities, and has hosted international delegations from Germany, Taiwan, Russia, Japan, Shanghai, Israel, Philippines, and Mexico. He represents the city on the boards of the Alamo Area Council of Governments, the San Antonio Medical Foundation, and BioMedSA.
Experienced in business and policy, Councilman Nirenberg is a former program director for the Annenberg Public Policy Center, where he developed and directed award-winning civic engagement programs in cities across the United States, including San Antonio. He is also the former General Manager of Trinity University’s KRTU-FM and the founder of two small businesses: Nirenberg Fitness Training, LLC and co-founder of ColectivaMente Consulting, LLC.
As a volunteer, he has been dedicated to improving neighborhood quality of life long before elected office, having served on the board of Northside Neighbors for Organized Development and as President of the Summerfield Homeowners Association.
A graduate of Trinity University (B.A.) and the University of Pennsylvania (M.A.), Councilman Nirenberg and his wife Erika Prosper, a respected business and community leader, are proud parents of their son Jonah.
City Councilman, District 8
2013 – present
Elected to San Antonio City Council on June 15, 2013, representing the northwest side of the seventh largest city in the United States. Population of the district is approximately 140,000. Serve on the following boards and committees:
- Alamo Area Council of Governments, Executive Committee
- Air Executive Committee, Chairman
- Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Executive Committee
- BioMed SA
- San Antonio Mobility Coalition
- San Antonio Medical Foundation
- San Antonio Education Partnership (2013-2014)
- Federal Communications Commission Intergovernmental Advisory Committee
- National League of Cities EENR (Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources) Committee, Vice Chair
- National League of Cities Large Cities Council
Council Committee Appointments:
- Comprehensive Planning Committee, Chair
- Economic and Community Development
- Infrastructure and Growth
- Quality of Life, Chair
- Intergovernmental Affairs, Chair (2013-2014)
- Audit (2013-2014)
Leadership San Antonio Class 37 | 2012
Leadership San Antonio (LSA) is the premier program for existing and emerging leaders in the Bexar County area.
Brackenridge Park Conservancy | 2012 - 2013
Board of Directors
The Brackenridge Park Conservancy is a steward of and an advocate for the park and an instrument for preserving, protecting and enhancing Brackenridge Park’s historic, cultural, natural, educational and recreational resources for the enjoyment of current and future generations.
San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce | 2011 - 2013
Government Affairs Committee
The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is America's first Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and San Antonio's First Accredited Chamber of Commerce by the United States Chamber of Commerce. Its primary mission is to serve as the leading advocate for small, minority and women-owned businesses.
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce | 2012 - 2013
Transportation, Water Committees
With over 1,750 members, The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce is the region's largest and most trusted business advocacy and economic development organization. Its mission is to be an advocate for all members and the business community in building and sustaining a diverse and prosperous economy.
Northside Neighbors for Organized Development | 2012
Board of Directors
Appointee for organization representing neighborhoods in San Antonio's highest residential and commercial growth areas, comprising all of Districts 8 and 9.
Music in the Schools | 2010 - 2012
Board of Directors
Music in the Schools raises funds and provides scholarships and instruments to public school programs and students in need in order to keep music programs alive in public schools.
Summerfield Homeowners Association | 2010 - 2013
Serve and represent 430 homes in north central San Antonio, in District 8 and 9.
SA2020 Government Accountability | 2010 - 2013
Facilitate at SA2020 general meetings, assist in re-design of sanantonio.gov website, facilitate action agenda for areas of government accountability and civic responsibility
Neighborhood Conference Committee | 2004 - 2006
Volunteer member of the City of San Antonio committee employing restorative justice techniques to help first-time youth offenders avoid permanent criminal records by working directly with communities and affected victims.