Suzanne de Leon
Mayor Suzanne de Leon has lived in Balcones Heights since 1987. She was elected Mayor in 2008 after serving several years on the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council. She has taken a hands-on approach to the city’s transformation and redevelopment, and played a key role in developing the city’s master plan, a future vision of the city. Her leadership was apparent during a highly public personnel crisis in 2014. Her ability to lead people resulted in the city council and staff pulling together to become a stronger and more cohesive organization with a better defined vision of the city’s future.
Mayor de Leon believes that the city’s transformation into an urban center will serve as a model for the region for transit oriented development. The transformation has begun with the redevelopment of Wonderland Mall of the Americas; the long standing retail continues to thrive, which includes, Hobby Lobby, Steinmart, Burlington, Super Target, Ross and the Bijou Cinema. Additionally the Wonderland Medical Center houses 2 VA Clinics, several independent medical and dental offices, and a newly expanded Career Point College. Presently Wonderland is 95% leased. Mayor de Leon’s priority for the city is building upon this success including the opening of the new Balcones Lofts next month. Developed by NRP, the Balcones Lofts is the first new multi-family housing start in the city in over 30 years.
Mayor de Leon also serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Municipal League, President of TML Region 7, the VIA Advisory Board, and the Board of the Bexar Metro 911 Service District; as well as being the Mother of 2 sons who are raising her 10 grandchildren in Pennsylvania and Houston. She has been married to her husband, Robert, since 1983.
Following her successful 20 year career as a Legal Assistant, she served 10 years as Executive Director of the Guadalupe Home for Homeless Mothers, and continues her work with Catholic Charities as the founder and Executive Director of San Antonio Birth Doulas, founded in 1999; this organization is committed to the well-being of underprivileged mothers and their families.