Civics Class

Wednesday, November 19th, 10am - Noon

What is the function of the mayor in San Antonio and who is our mayor? We will have an insider look at this important job.  Come and join us on November 19th at 10:00 am  to hear Rebeca CF Baquero from the mayor's office. We expect Mayor Taylor to join us in upcoming months at the Civics class. She has a prior commitment on the 19th.  Rebecca grew up on the East Side of San Antonio and is a proud graduate of Brackenridge High School.  She majored in Religion with a Certificate in African-American Studies at Princeton University and received a Master’s in Education from Harvard University.  Her background ranges from directing a tutoring program in Chicago to starting a small educational nonprofit  in San Antonio.  She has taught from fifth grade to sixty year olds as a GED/ESL teacher, and has worked with nonprofits and schools in community development and fundraising.  Rebeca taught English at La Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas, Tampico campus in Mexico and is currently serving as the Special Projects Manager for the office of Mayor Ivy R. Taylor in San Antonio, TX. Elected officials also plan to attend. We will have special music starting promptly at 9:45am. Our speakers will each share with the class and end with a lively time of Q&A from the audience. RSVP early on the FEAST website and to Gale at (210) 662-0588. Email

Meet The Mayor of San Antonio... Ivy Taylor

Ivy R. Taylor was appointed to serve as Mayor of San Antonio on July 22, 2014. Mayor Taylor was appointed by the San Antonio City Council to fulfill Julian Castro’s unexpired term as Mayor. Prior to her appointment, Mayor Taylor served as the District 2 City Council Representative. Ivy R. Taylor was elected to serve as the District 2 Representative on June 13, 2009 and served two and a half terms for a total of five years.

Mayor Taylor began her career working for the City of San Antonio in the Housing and Community Development Department and the Neighborhood Action Department. While at the City, she worked with a variety of neighborhood associations, developers and nonprofit organizations in order to facilitate inner city redevelopment. She also planned several of the City's Housing Summits, which provided an opportunity for community partners to exchange practical ideas on how to address our city's housing needs. After six years, she left employment with the City of San Antonio to become Vice President at Merced Housing Texas. At Merced, she worked to create and implement programs focused on children, education, health and financial literacy for apartment community residents. Mayor Taylor is a lecturer at UTSA in the Public Administration Department.

She has served on the City's Planning Commission and as a Commissioner for the City's Urban Renewal Agency (SADA) and on the advisory board for Our Lady of the Lake's Center for Women in Church and Society. Mayor Taylor completed the Leadership San Antonio class sponsored by the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and in 2004 was acknowledged by the San Antonio Business Journal as a "Rising Star" in their "40 under 40" class. In 2008, she completed Bank of America's Neighborhood Excellence Leadership Training Program.

Mayor Taylor obtained a Master's Degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998. In 1992, she received a Bachelor's Degree from Yale University. Mayor Taylor is a loving wife and a mother.

What is the Civics class?

Our Civics class meets each month at FEAST. The FEAST civics coordinator, Gale Sayers, spends many months handling arrangements with many local and state politicians and government and civic leaders in preparation for our free Civics Classes. It is a time to meet and greet our leaders in a casual setting. Our honored guests make unique presentations to the attendees and engage in open conversations with the group. Children and parents frequently testify publicly to the growth in their lives as a direct result of the ministry of the class. It is a joy to watch them grow in confidence and in boldness monthly. All glory to God and thanks to the leaders who attend and invest in these lives. Dress code is business casual. No shorts please. Please be modest in your dress. Skirts or dresses to knee length with no visible undergarments. No hats on male attendees. Thank you for honoring our guests in this manner.

Whole families are invited! There are no age limits(babies are loved and enjoyed here) and parents/grandparents do attend with the children. The class is very child-friendly. However, students must have at least one parent/adult in attendance unless a special arrangement has been made. Your faithful participation will ensure the success of these events, so please make it a priority on your family’s calendar to be physically present. NO writing is required, but personal notes are strongly encouraged. NO tests  are given. Many thanks for your continued prayers.  Please bring your most generous love offering for FEAST to help to defray costs. We seek to honor God. To Him be all praise and glory. 

Questions?  Email Gale Sayers at

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