Writer Cary Clack has joined the San Antonio Heron’s board of directors.
As the board’s third member, Clack, a San Antonio native, has graciously agreed to help guide the Heron through its infancy stage as it attempts to chronicle the rapidly changing downtown and the neighborhoods that surround it.
Clack was a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News from 1995 to 2011, and his best pieces were spun into a book called “Clowns and Rats Scare Me” (Trinity University Press, 2009).
“The San Antonio Heron doesn’t zoom in on downtown and keep the focus there, ignoring what’s happening elsewhere,” Clack said. “It focuses on downtown and widens the lens because what happens or doesn’t happen downtown ripples throughout the city.”
After leaving the Express-News, he served as Communications Director for Joaquin Castro’s Congressional campaign, as District Director for Congressman Castro, and as Communications Director for Mayor Ivy Taylor.
In 2017, Clack was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters.
He currently works at Merced Housing Texas as a writer and community engagement liaison.
He fills the critical third seat on the Heron board, left vacant in late August by the resignation of co-founder Jolene Almendarez. The other board members are San Antonio College Journalism Instructor Irene Abrego and Heron Editor Ben Olivo.
Three makes the Heron whole, and allows the organization to immediately begin the 501(c)(3) application process.
However, the board wants to continue to expand, and is seeking potential candidates who can bring a skill and perspective beyond journalism to the group. Interested parties should email email@example.com.