Councilman Cris Medina is a proud multi-generational Texan and lifelong San Antonian. As a family man and military man, Cris Medina has proven to be a deliberate and thoughtful voice and hard working representative for the residents of City Council District 7. He reflects the values of the families he represents, focuses on investing in neighborhoods, improving infrastructure, increasing public safety, enhancing our parks and greens paces and fostering sound economic development for San Antonio.
Throughout his tenure on Council, Councilman Medina has established himself as a public policy leader by offering a myriad of proposals ranging from anti-graffiti measures and the Safe Streets SA pilot program, to requesting an equal pay study for city employees, transitioning city government to a paperless system, and crafting new policies that reflect the voice of businesses, families and community stakeholders. Councilman Medina's leadership as Chairman of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee makes certain that Austin and Washington, DC, hear the voice of San Antonio. Now in his second term in office, Medina chairs the Public Safety Committee with a strong focus on ensuring the protection and safety of San Antonio's youth. His service on the Educational Excellence Committee helped drive the Pre-K SA issue through Council and public approval.
His past professional experiences include serving as Chief of Staff to former District 7 City Councilman and current State Representative, Justin Rodriguez. In this capacity, he successfully managed all staff on personnel, policy and community outreach initiatives for the office, as well as worked to build strong relationships with community leaders and stakeholders across District 7.
Councilman Medina has a long history of serving the local and national community as a past Representative to the City's Community Action Advisory Board, Graduate of the City of San Antonio's Municipal Leadership Institute, Graduate of the City's Citizen's Academy, and participation in the San Antonio Police Department's Cellular on Patrol Program. He has also served as a Past President of the French Creek Village Homeowners Association in the growing portion of District 7. Additionally, Councilman Medina devoted time to serving and volunteering for numerous non-profit organizations including:
serving as a Board Member for The Network for Young Artists, a Board Member for Voz de Mujer Inc., a Mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas, a volunteer with Meals on Wheels, and past Councilmember for the Salvation Army's William & Catherine Booth Apartments Senior Advisory Council.
Dedicated to higher learning, Medina holds a Masters of Public Administration from St. Mary’s University and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Early in his career, as a young husband and father, working full time and attending school at night, Councilman Medina also earned two associate’s degrees, respectively; an Associate of Arts in Government from Palo Alto College, and an Associate of Applied Science in Air Transportation from the Community College of the Air Force. In addition, Councilman Medina has completed courses at the Wharton School Aresty Institute of Executive Education -University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the Alex Briseno Leadership Development Program.
After hearing the call to serve our country on September 11, 2001, Medina enlisted in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. His career has spanned two branches of our military with assignments at Randolph and Keesler Air Force Bases and Naval Stations Norfolk, VA. and Newport, RI. Medina was commissioned as a Public Affairs Officer in 2010, and currently holds the rank of Captain with the 433rd Airlift Wing’s Public Affairs Office at Lackland Air Force Base- Joint Base San Antonio
Councilman and his wife Jacqueline, a Jefferson High School graduate and former "Lasso," are the proud parents of two sons. They enjoy family outings to O.P. Schnabel and Nani Falcone Parks and are avid San Antonio Spurs fans. He and his family attend St. Brigid's Church and are active supporters of several parish communities across the district.