Rey Saldaña was elected to serve as a 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 completing 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, Councilman Saldaña helped organize Books in the Barrio, an ongoing 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. While studying at Stanford University, Councilman Saldaña returned to San Antonio each summer to work for the city and its residents.
At Stanford, 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, Councilman Saldaña returned to San Antonio after completing his studies at Stanford to address educational challenges in the city. He previously served as a field representative for Tutors with Computers, the largest supplemental educational services provider in Texas. The program aims to improve students' academic outcomes by targeting low-income families and providing free in-home tutoring assistance to students in local school districts. Since January 2011, Councilman Saldaña has taught a course on urban education at Trinity University.
Councilman Saldaña is a former captain of South San's varsity baseball team and a three-year member of Stanford's baseball team, earning 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 encourages his friends and neighbors to run with him. Councilman Saldaña is joined in San Antonio by his parents, Reynold and Marisela Saldaña, four siblings Vanessa, Rodrigo, Rene, and Ramiro. His girlfriend, Jessica Flynn is herself a San Antonio resident and graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.