Civic engagement is society’s most important renewable energy, but it requires commitment and cultivation at the local level to solve today’s global challenges. In his Gerbner Lecture entitled "Be a Better Neighbor: The Education of a Mayor," Mayor Ron Nirenberg (ASC ’01) discusses lessons and observations along the path from the basement of the Annenberg School for Communication to the corner office of City Hall in San Antonio, Texas.
About Mayor Ron Nirenberg
Ron Nirenberg was elected mayor of San Antonio on June 10, 2017. He has been committed to public service most of his life, including serving as a program director for the Annenberg Public Policy Center. He was first elected to the San Antonio City Council in 2013. The former District 8 councilman helped guide one of the fastest-growing areas in the state and pursued policies that celebrated the city’s diversity. He has championed smart planning, economic development, sustainability and government accountability.
Mayor Nirenberg is committed to nurturing San Antonio’s diverse economy, promoting its leadership on an international stage and pursuing strategies that foster resilience and equity in all sectors of the city. As a tri-chair of the SA Tomorrow Plan, he is committed to building a city that works for all, adapts to rapid growth, and advances innovation and opportunity for local businesses while balancing sustainability goals.
About the George Gerbner Lecture in Communication
The annual George Gerbner Lecture in Communication was established in honor of George Gerbner, who retired as Dean of the Annenberg School at the end of the 1988 academic year. The annual lecture is typically given by an Annenberg School alumnus.