Rey Saldaña was first elected to serve as a San Antonio City Councilmember for District 4 on May 14, 2011. Councilman Saldaña is a lifelong resident of City Council District 4 and a proud graduate of South San Antonio High School. After graduating from high school, Councilman Saldaña received a Gates Millennium full academic scholarship to attend Stanford University in California, where he earned two bachelor's degrees in political science and communication, as well as a fifth-year master's degree in policy, organization, and leadership studies through Stanford's School of Education.
Councilman Saldaña has always been committed to giving back to the city that has given him so much. As a senior at South San Antonio High School, he helped organize Books in the Barrio, a grassroots effort to attract and maintain a bookstore in South San Antonio. The effort resulted in the opening of a Walden's Bookstore in South Park Mall. During his time at Stanford, Councilman Saldaña returned home each summer to work for the City of San Antonio and its residents.
While in California, Councilman Saldaña worked with the John W. Gardner Center and Stanford's Institute for Research on Educational Policy and Programs to promote educational advancement through collaborative research. He also served as a coordinator for Kids with Dreams, a community program that provides therapeutic activities for children suffering from disabilities. Long a deep believer in the importance of education, he returned to San Antonio after completing his studies at Stanford to address educational challenges in the city. Since January 2011, Councilman Saldaña has taught as an adjunct professor at Trinity University and Palo Alto College. He previously worked as a special projects manager in the Vice President’s Office for Community Service at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), and now serves as the Chief Engagement Officer for KIPP: San Antonio. Since 2011, Councilman Saldana has been a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Boys and Girls Club of San Antonio.
Councilman Saldaña is a former captain of South San's varsity baseball team and a three-year member of Stanford's baseball team, which earned a trip to the NCAA Division I College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska in 2008. Although his playing days are now over, he continues to maintain an active lifestyle. In his spare time, he can often be found jogging throughout the district, and encouraging his friends and neighbors to run with him. He is joined in San Antonio by his parents, Reynold and Marisela Saldaña, and four siblings: Vanessa, Rodrigo, Rene, and Ramiro. On December 13, 2014, Rey married Jessica Flynn at a ceremony held at San Fernando Cathedral. Jessica is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. Rey and Jessica recently purchased a new home in the heart of District 4 and serve as foster parents for two rescue dogs.