SAHA Board Chairman Selected for SA Women’s Leadership Award

SAHA Board Chairman Selected for SA Women’s Leadership Award

San Antonio Housing Authority Board Chairman Selected for San Antonio Women’s Leadership Award

August 6, 2020

Dr. Ana Margarita “Cha” Guzman, Chairman of the San Antonio Housing Authority, is making an immediate and lasting impact in elevating opportunities and success for those she serves.

Her visionary approach and commitment to excellence was recently recognized through her selection as a recipient of the 2020 Women’s Leadership Award. The awards, presented by the San Antonio Business Journal, recognize San Antonio’s outstanding women business leaders making an impact in our community.

She is applying her many years of experience as a dedicated leader in higher education by now sharing her vast skills and innovation to help create new solutions for affordable housing in helping SAHA and its residents fulfill the vision of “Opportunity Lives Here.”

Dr. Guzman was appointed to the SAHA Board of Commissioners by San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg in February to advance the City’s vision for strategic, innovative and expanded public housing opportunities.

“I have pursued progress in many ways — from advancement in education for underserved populations, progress for women in the workplace, and now, accelerating ideas and action toward achieving our goals of affordable housing, I am passionate about these issues, and about how they can change lives. To be recognized reminds me how important our work is and the discipline it takes in the relentless pursuit of equal opportunity for all, whether it be housing, education, healthcare and more. I appreciate this honor and share it with my colleagues and community.” said Guzman.

Guzman’s impressive career included 30 years of being a nationally-recognized education thought leader. She presided as the first female president of the Alamo Colleges District in San Antonio and served as the chairperson of President Bill Clinton’s White House Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. Guzman also acted as senior advisor to Education Secretary Richard Riley during the last year of the Clinton Administration.

Today, her insights and innovation are meeting new challenges through Guzman’s work with low-income families and SAHA. In her brief tenure as Board Chairman, Guzman has helped set the Agency on a path to providing approximately 1,500 new affordable housing units in the next two years and has approved 16 upcoming mixed-income development projects. She’s been instrumental in the Agency’s efforts to close the digital divide, allocating $3 million of the FY21 budget to expanding Wi-Fi connectivity among low-income San Antonians. She also helped lead the creation and implementation of the SAHA Wellness Program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which mobilized SAHA staff to contact each resident — prioritizing the elderly and disabled — to assess their well-being and immediate needs during the pandemic, including access to food, face masks, transportation, health services and more.

“As a trailblazer in both education and public housing, I can’t think of a leader more fitting for this recognition than Dr. Guzman,” said David Nisivoccia, SAHA President and CEO. “A champion of innovation and a consistent ally to underserved populations, Dr. Guzman’s contributions to this Agency and our City are far reaching. Her passion inspires and motivates all of us to reach for smarter, better, more effective solutions through creativity and collaboration. How very special to see her honored in this way.”