About Susan

Susan NarvaizThe Honorable Susan Narvaiz is President and CEO of Core Strategies, Inc., a business she established in June 1997 which provides consulting services in the area of Organizational Transformation, Public Policy, Civic Engagement, Public Relations, Human Resources, Employment, Training and Facilitation.

She is the former mayor of San Marcos, Texas where she was re-elected to her third term as Mayor 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.

Susan Narvaiz 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.  Susan served as the first chair of the Hays-Caldwell Public Utility Agency and continued in that role until January of 2011. She has also served as a Board Member and on the Advocacy Committee for Girl Scouts of Central Texas, was the Founding Secretary of Freedom Legacy International and previously a member of the Advisory Council for the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas and Texas State CAMCO Board.

In March 2008, Susan 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, Susan was one of nine leaders statewide appointed to serve on the Unfunded Mandates Task Force by Governor Rick Perry.

Susan 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.

Susan is the recipient of numerous honors. Most recently, Narvaiz was awarded the City of San Marcos Pioneer Award for her work as mayor. Susan was also named a “Champion of Literacy” at the State Literacy Conference in August of 2011 by the Texas Literacy Coalition for her work in passing legislation that resulted in increased appropriations for Adult Education.  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 2010 Narvaiz was named a Champion of Literacy by the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas.  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 Star Girl Scout Council.

A native of Dayton, Ohio, 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 ten grandchildren.