Phyllis Viagran was elected to serve as District 3 Councilwoman on June 15, 2021. Her deep-rooted connection to the southside and affection for San Antonio, Texas, are evident in her longstanding ties to District 3 as a proud native of the southside and her rich family heritage, most notably that of Toribio Losoya, an iconic Alamo Defender.
Councilwoman Viagran attended Providence High School and went on to earn her B.A. in Political Science and History from Texas Tech University. Later, she earned her Master’s degree in Bicultural Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Phyllis Viagran's journey in public service began with a passion for education and a commitment to making a positive impact in her community. Before her venture into politics as a City Councilmember, she devoted herself to shaping young minds as an elementary teacher, leaving a lasting impression on the lives of her students.
After several years in the field of education, Phyllis transitioned her career to the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD), where she took on the role of a Community Service Specialist. During her time at SAPD, she found her calling as a Domestic Violence Advocate, tirelessly working to support and protect survivors of domestic violence. Her dedication to this critical cause demonstrated her unwavering commitment to the well-being of San Antonio's residents.
Phyllis later found herself contributing to the thriving tourism industry of San Antonio. Joining Visit San Antonio, she served as the Destination Services Coordinator and Membership Sales Coordinator. Her efforts in promoting the city as a desirable destination were highly valued until the unexpected impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Like many others, Phyllis faced professional challenges due to the downturn in tourism. However, she remained resilient and determined to find new ways to serve her community.
In June 2020, Phyllis embarked on a new chapter of her career by joining Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) as a Community Outreach Coordinator and Trainer. During this time, the reality of the digital divide throughout the southside became even more apparent which led to her becoming a champion for bridging the digital and equity gap for San Antonio.
Beyond her professional endeavors, Phyllis has generously volunteered her time and expertise to various organizations, demonstrating her commitment to giving back to the community. She has served an active member of the Brooks Gives Back Board, The Rape Crisis Center Board showcasing her dedication to supporting survivors and promoting awareness about crucial issues.
Throughout her journey, Phyllis Viagran's commitment to public service, community advocacy, and empowering others has been unwavering. Her diverse experiences and deep understanding of the challenges faced by various sections of the community and a vision for a more inclusive, tech-savvy, sustainable city have uniquely prepared her to take on the responsibilities of City Council and drive positive change in San Antonio.
Currently as Councilwoman, Phyllis serves as the Chair for the Audit Committee, and serves as a valued member of several essential committees such as Economic and Workforce Development Committee, the Planning and Community Development Committee, Community Health Committee. Phyllis Viagran's influence extends beyond the city's borders as she serves on various boards and committees with regional and national significance: San Antonio Housing Trust (SAHT), SAHT Public Facility Corporation,
Board of Directors for Visit San Antonio, CPS Rate Advisory Committee, appointed to serve in the National League of City 2023 Transportation and Infrastructure Service Committee, and is the 2023 – 2024 President-Elect for the Texas Business Women San Antonio (TBWSA).
Phyllis Viagran's tireless efforts as a Councilwoman and her multifaceted engagement with various organizations exemplify her dedication to serving the people of San Antonio and District 3 and her vision for a vibrant, inclusive, and prosperous city.
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