Founder & Chairman, City View
Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Former Mayor, San Antonio, Texas
Hon. Henry Cisneros is currently Executive Chairman at CityView, where his duties include overseeing the urban institutional investment firm, which finances commercial and residential developers with more than $2 billion in transactions from 45 projects in 30 markets across 13 states.
A Democrat, Henry served as the 10th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the administration of President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997. As the Housing and Urban Development Secretary, he was credited with initiating the revitalization of many of the nation’s highest-ever home-ownership rates. In his role as the President’s chief representative to the nation’s cities, Henry personally worked in more than 200 U.S. cities in all 50 states.
Prior to his cabinet position, Henry served four terms as the second Hispanic mayor of a major United States city in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas. As a mayor, he rebuilt the city’s economic base, recruiting convention business, attracting high tech industries, increasing tourism and creating jobs in San Antonio. Before being elected mayor, he was elected to three terms on the San Antonio City Council.
Throughout his career in politics and business, Henry remained actively involved with creating housing and development that resulted in urban revitalization for this country’s large cities. He is also a diligent advocate for the Latino community. He serves on corporate boards, as well as chairing and serving on several non-profit boards that promote Latinos and the immigrant population – in addition to his efforts in support of fair housing policy. Henry has authored, edited and collaborated on several books, and is in demand as a public speaker.