Suzanne de Leon
Mayor Suzanne de Leon has lived in Balcones Heights since 1987 with her husband, Robert de Leon. She was elected Mayor in 2008 after serving one year on Planning and Zoning Commission and four years on City Council. Mayor de Leon is currently serving her sixth consecutive term as Mayor. 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 ability to provide stable leadership during any controversy or conflict has shown that she has the leadership skills and ability to guide and work with city council members and staff by 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 began with the redevelopment of Wonderland Mall of the Americas; the long-standing retail property continues to thrive, which includes, Hobby Lobby, Stein Mart, Burlington, Super Target, Ross and the Santikos Bijou Cinema. Additionally the Wonderland Medical Center houses two VA Clinics and several independent medical and dental offices. Mayor de Leon’s priority for the city is building upon this success which included the Balcones Lofts that was built in 2016. Developed by NRP, the Balcones Lofts is the first new multi-family housing start in the city in over 30 years.
Because of our excellent location and accessibility, State Senator Jose Mendendez chose to locate his local office at Wonderland of the Americas where he and his staff are easily available to his constituents. State Representative Diana Arevelo also chose to move her local office to Wonderland of the Americas.
Redevelopment along Fredericksburg Road is a priority and Chick-fil-A has replaced a property that was in a severe state of disrepair. We expect to see more redevelopment along the Fredericksburg Road corridor in the near future.
Following her successful 20 year career as a Legal Assistant, she served 10 years as Executive Director of the Guadalupe Home, a transitional shelter for homeless mothers and babies, and continues her work with Catholic Charities as the founder and Executive Director of San Antonio Birth Doulas, a non-profit organization. Founded in 1999, SABD is committed to the well-being of underprivileged mothers and their families.
Mayor de Leon is a Certified Municipal Official with the Texas Municipal League and serves on the TML board as a Representative of Region 7. She also serves as a board member on the Bexar Metro 911 Service District Board, SAWS Citizen Advisory Panel, and Alamo Heights Rotary Club. de Leon was recently appointed as the 2020 Vice-Chair of the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG). In June 2018, Mayor de Leon received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from San Antonio Theological College. de Leon and Robert share four adult children and 10 grandchildren.