About Mayor Susan

Mayor Susan Narvaiz

Susan Narvaiz is the former mayor of San Marcos, Texas where she was re-elected to her third term as Mayor of on Nov. 4, 2008.  She was first elected by the people of San Marcos in 2004 and was re-elected in 2006. Before serving as Mayor, she was elected to Place 3 on the City Council in 2002.

Mayor Narvaiz currently serves as a Board Member and Advocacy Committee Chair for Girl Scouts of Central Texas and is Board Member and Secretary of Freedom Legacy International.  She is a Past Chair of the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) where she served on the Executive Committee since 2004. She has served on the Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations (FAIR) Policy Committee for the National League of Cities, on the Intergovernmental Relations Task Force for the Texas Municipal League and as the President of the San Marcos Hays County EMS Board of Directors.  She also served on the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) Board of Directors.  Mayor Narvaiz served as the first chair of the Hays-Caldwell Public Utility Agency and continued in that role until January of 2011.

In March 2008, Mayor Narvaiz was appointed by the Texas Transportation Commission to serve on an advisory committee for the I-35 Corridor. The committee recently submitted the MY35 Report to the Commission which provides recommendations for future transportation planning based on projected I35 corridor development and economic, political, societal and population trends. Recently, Mayor Narvaiz was one of nine leaders statewide appointed to serve on the Unfunded Mandates Task Force by Governor Rick Perry.

Mayor Narvaiz is very active in a wide variety of community organizations. She has served on a number of city-related boards and on boards of many civic organizations.

Mayor Narvaiz is the recipient of numerous honors. She was one of five national finalists for the 2008 National League of Cities “Women in Government Leadership Award.” She received the Austin Business Journal “Profiles in Power” Award in 2008 and was inducted into the San Marcos Women’s Hall of Fame in 2002. In recent years she received the Sam Walton Business Leader Award, the Small Business Person of the Quarter-Chamber of Commerce, Citizen of the Year-San Marcos Area Board of Realtors; Certificate of Appreciation-Youth Summit; Badge of Recognition-San Marcos Police Department; Salute to Women Entrepreneurs; Outstanding Member-Hispanic Chamber; Community Service Award-Hispanic Chamber; the United Way Volunteer of the Year Award, and Woman of Distinction Award, Lone Start Girl Scout Council.

She is President and CEO of Core Strategies, Inc., a business she established in June 1997 which provides consulting services in the area of Public Policy, Civic Engagement, Management, Public Relations, Employment and Training.

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Mayor Susan moved to San Antonio when she was young and became a resident of San Marcos in 1995. She is married to Mike Narvaiz and they share in the lives of their children and nine grandchildren.

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