Hispanic Heritage Month: Stephanie Reyes Makes Her Mark as First Latina City Manager

The leadership at the City of San Marcos is making history. In February, City Council members voted unanimously, with Councilmember Saul Gonzales absent, to name Stephanie Reyes the next City Manager of the City of San Marcos. Not only did she become the first woman to hold this seat in San Marcos, but the first Latina as well. 

 Reyes has served the City of San Marcos in various capacities over the past 22 years. She was named an Assistant City Manager in December 2019. Prior to taking on that role, she served as Chief of Staff, Assistant Director of Human Resources and Assistant to the City Manager.

Reyes says she is honored to serve as City Manager in the place she grew up in. “San Marcos is my home. It's been my home for a lifetime. it's a community that I love and that has supported me,” Reyes said. 

Without the ambitious Latina women in her community, Reyes says she would not be where she is today.

City Manager Stephanie Reyes

“Ofelia Vasquez-Philo, Pauline Espinosa, also one of my mentors, Ana Lopez, who was my principal when I was four years old. Her being a principal who was in more of a male dominated profession because you saw teachers that were females, you didn't really see them as the administrators and her being an administrator,” Reyes said. 

“Having those women who have been such a foundation to this community and to so many other people in this community,” Reyes continued. 

She recognizes the importance of being a voice for our community, especially one as diverse as San Marcos. “We want to hear from a diverse community because it's reflective then of the opinions of the people that we serve, we're not a homogeneous population,” Reyes said.

She also encourages everyone to participate and get involved with local government, as it has a direct impact on residents’ day-to-day lives. 

“Be heard, let your voice be heard. I want to say to the people who look like me that don't let anything hold you back,” Reyes said. 

Reyes holds a Master of Public Administration from Texas State University and is also a San Marcos High School alumna.