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Board Member Spotlight – Councilwoman Rebecca J. Viagran

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Councilwoman Rebecca J. Viagran 

 

 

 

Rebecca Viagran is proud to be from a family whose history extends over 200 years in San Antonio and South Texas, and has a long legacy of service to the community she currently serves. She was elected to City Council District 3 in May 2013 and re-elected in 2015 and 2017.

Rebecca attended St. Leo’s Catholic School and Providence High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography – Urban and Regional Planning from Texas State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from St. Mary’s University.

Her life journey took her out of San Antonio for professional and personal enrichment opportunities. She worked for several years in urban ministry in New York City and abroad in Spain, but her desire to help the communities where she grew up brought her back to San Antonio.

Since being elected, Rebecca helped usher in a global vision for District 3 by working tirelessly to acquire UNESCO World Heritage designation for the San Antonio Missions -- the first World Heritage Site in Texas and the 23rd in the nation. Councilwoman Viagran continues to promote this World Heritage Site, having represented the City in Lima, Peru, China and Washington, D.C.

As a councilwoman, Rebecca has assumed leadership roles in many areas, including strengthening public safety, improving infrastructure, fostering economic development and building community partnerships. She spearheaded the approval of an agreement that will bring a Fortune 150 company to District 3, along with 1,000 local jobs.

One of Rebecca’s passions is encouraging youth civic involvement. During her first term in office, she implemented the first-ever student leadership program, known as the District 3 Legacy Leadership Initiative (D3LLI), which gives high school and college students the opportunity to network with community leaders and participate in civic engagement activities. Rebecca also championed the Youth Stewardship on Public Lands Service Learning Project at East Central Independent School District, which contributes to career exploration, helps build a professional and skilled workforce, encourages healthy lifestyle choices and promotes American patriotism and citizenship through involvement with our national parks.

When out in the district, Councilwoman Viagran enjoys spending time on the Mission Reach with her dogs. Her work continues to bring attention to the belief that District 3 represents the past, present and future of San Antonio.