City Manager, City of San Antonio
Leadership in Government
I am the Chief Executive Officer of the City Government for San Antonio, Texas. The City Manager runs the day-to-day operations of the City organization, which has a $2.2 billion budget and nearly 12,000 employees. As City Manager, I oversee more than 30 City departments, providing a wide range of services including police and fire services, parks and recreation, health, libraries, streets, finance, budget, aviation and solid waste collection, in addition to general administration of the City.
What can you tell us about your Girl Scout experience?
I was a Brownie and Girl Scout in Highland, Indiana.
Do you remember your Girl Scout Troop Number?
I was in Brownie Troop #66.
How did being a Girl Scout prepare you to be the leader you are today?
Being a Girl Scout taught me the importance of taking on a project and staying committed to it until its successful completion. It also taught me to take ownership of the responsibilities of an assignment or task. Finally, being a Girl Scout taught me the importance of teamwork – by working together, a group can accomplish great things.
Are there any lessons you learned in Girl Scouts that you still live by?
To always put forth my best effort, regardless of how big or small the task.
Do you have a special story/memory of being a Girl Scout?
I remember camping in tents at the Indiana Dunes State Park on Lake Michigan. The Indiana Dunes State Park has large sand dunes along the shoreline that reach nearly 200 feet!
With the 100th Girl Scout Anniversary upon us, what would you tell a young girl today about the value of being a Girl Scout.
The camaraderie you develop with the other girls in your troop is unique and valuable. As a Girl Scout, you will participate in healthy and positive activities that teach you to accomplish goals. Being a Girl Scout will also teach you the importance of community service and leadership – these lessons will remain with you for a lifetime.
What’s your favorite Girl Scout cookie?