Get to Know the First Black Woman Mayor of San Antonio

New York native and councilwoman Ivy R. Taylor is the second woman to mayor the city of San Antonio, but is the first African-American woman to fill the role.

Mayor Taylor was appointed in July 2014, after former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro left office to take a position for President Obama.

Before becoming mayor, she represented District 2 on San Antonio's city council from 2009 to 2014.

Mayor Taylor is focused on making San Antonio a globally competitive city where all residents are connected to opportunities for prosperity.

The Yale alumni told TIME she was never interested in politics growing up and majored in American studies in college. But what helped her advance in her career was her motivation to "pursue your passion, not a position. That will take you where you need to go."

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