On Wednesday, October 4, 2023, Henry Cisneros, who served as the 10th U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and former Mayor of San Antonio, will speak at the 2023 ConocoPhillips White House Lecture about the impact of modernized infrastructure on the economy and on national security. The ConocoPhillips White House Lecture Series brings to public attention the various offices of the White House and Executive Branch that provide policy, administrative, and overall support to the President.
The lecture is sponsored by the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University and the George and Barbara Bush Foundation. The event will be held at the Bush School’s Annenberg Presidential Conference Center at 5:30 p.m. For registration or additional information, visit the Mosbacher Institute’s website at bush.tamu.edu/mosbacher.
Cisneros graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning. During his senior year, he was a Ross Volunteer and commander of the combined Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band. Early in his career, he began community building at the local level as a San Antonio City Council Member for three terms and then Mayor from 1981 to 1989. He was the first Hispanic-American mayor of a major U.S. city. During his four terms as Mayor, he helped rebuild the city’s economic base and spurred the creation of jobs through massive infrastructure and downtown improvements.
As President Bill Clinton’s Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1993 to 1997, Cisneros has been credited with initiating the revitalization of many of the nation’s public housing developments and with formulating policies that contributed to achieving the nation’s highest ever homeownership rate. In his role as the President’s chief representative to the nation’s cities, Cisneros personally worked in more than 200 U.S. cities in every one of the 50 states. After leaving HUD, Cisneros became president and CEO of Univision Communications until 2020, and he has served as President of the National League of Cities, Deputy Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Vice-Chairman of Habitat for Humanity, and a number of leadership roles within the City of San Antonio.