Candelaria Mendoza

Smart City Coordinator
City of San Antonio


Candelaria Mendoza was born and raised in Eastern Washington State as the youngest of 9 in a migrant worker family. She always had a passion for public service and fate led her to librarianship. She began her professional career as a librarian in Eastern Washington State, but moved to San Antonio more than four years ago after she accepted a position to work for the San Antonio Public Library. In October 2018, Candelaria joined the Office of Innovation as a Smart City Coordinator to help guide the SmartSA strategy.

She has led many successful initiatives throughout her career that include: SmartSA vendor summit, technology strategy, community engagement, budgeting, capital projects, early literacy, strategic planning, and digital inclusion.