Gayle Brennan Spencer

Open to New Opportunities

Since March 2007 have freelanced projects for:  Artists Foundation of San Antonio; AVANCE; Boudro’s; Coker Cemetery Association; EmployeeWellnessUSA; Excelencia in Education; King William Association; Martinez and Associates; Las Casas Foundation; The Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Fund; The Original Mexican Restaurant; The Republic of Texas Restaurant; San Antonio Children's Museum; San Antonio Conservation Society; San Antonio Opera; San Antonio Public Library Foundation; San Antonio River Authority; San Antonio Taste; San Antonio Woman; Sellmark; and Zinc Bistro.

2010: Last Farm Standing on Buttermilk Hill published

SEPTEMBER 2004 – FEBRUARY 2007: San Antonio River Foundation, Executive Director

Joined a year-old nonprofit organization in 2004, which by fiscal year 2006 secured more than $10 million in pledges and grants. Developed giving program; prepared grants; handled media relations; edited and designed newsletters, annual report and website; edited PowerPoint presentations; created and managed special events; designed invitations; represented the River Foundation in public meetings; coordinated with public partners in the San Antonio River Improvements Project; provided input for Public Art Master Plan; and worked with board of directors.

1993 - AUGUST 2004: Self-Employed Writer/Public Relations Specialist

San Antonio Public Library Foundation, prepared grant reports; designed and wrote Annual Reports; developed grassroots fundraising materials; submitted successful grants to foundations including The Brown Foundation, Houston Endowment, Inc., Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts and the Semmes Foundation, 1999-2004

Sellmark, worked on media relations, newsletters and/or fundraising materials for such non-profit clients as the Army Historical Foundation, French Legation, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, San Antonio Botanical Society and the San Jacinto Museum of History Association, 1999-2004

Conference Coordinator, Excelencia en Educación: The Role of Parents in the Education of Their Children for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, developed conference format and materials in San Antonio and then helped stage conferences in an additional four cities throughout the country with funding from AT&T, The Ford Foundation, IBM, State Farm Insurance Company and six federal agencies, 1998-1999

Conference Coordinator, Opening Doors in the Barrio: Forging New Partnerships, for AVANCE with funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Ford Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation, 1998

Marketing and Media Columnist, San Antonio Business Journal, 1993-1997

Feature Writer, San Antonio Menu Book, 1997-2001

Writer, Annual Special Section on San Antonio for Texas Monthly, 1996-1999

Feature Writer, San Antonio Visitors Guide, 1999-2001

Consultant/writer for diverse clients, including the Alamo Plaza Association, Assumption Seminary, AVANCE, Cox and Smith, Inc., EG&G Management Services, H-E-B, Houston Chronicle, Kangaroo Court Restaurants of Texas, Martinez & Associates, The Mountain Institute, National Council for Community and Education Partnerships, National Underwater and Marine Agency, Paseo del Rio Association, Republic of Texas Restaurant, San Antonio Coalition of Neighborhoods, San Antonio Conservation Society, San Antonio Express-News and Urban Libraries Council

1986-1993: Paseo del Rio Association, Executive Director

Editor, Reflexiones del Rio (now Rio); Editor, Savory Memories of San Antonio (cookbook). The Paseo del Rio Association is a membership-based, non-profit organization with an annual budget exceeding $500,000 and hundreds of volunteers who help stage approximately ten special events each year. Transformed the annual Holiday River Lighting and Holiday River Parade from financial liabilities into the association’s largest generators of revenue; and created new events, including the annual Pachanga del Rio and the Mud Festival - now San Antonio traditions.

1982-1986: Spencer Public Relations & Advertising, Owner

1981-1982: Metro Consultants, Inc., Partner

1977-1981: Paseo del Rio Association, Assistant to the Executive Director

1975-1976: Lexington News-Gazette, Lexington, Virginia, Assistant Advertising Manager


B.A., International Relations, Hollins College, Virginia. Studies included one semester in Paris, France, and another at the United Nations through Drew University, New Jersey

High School, Norfolk Academy, Virginia


PAST:  Director, AVANCE, Inc.; Director, AVANCE – San Antonio; Commissioner, Fiesta San Antonio Commission; Vice President, Monte Vista Historical Association; Aide, El Rey Feo; Vice President, San Antonio Chapter of Women in Communications, Inc.; Director, San Antonio Children’s Center; President, San Antonio Children’s Museum; Director, San Antonio Conservation Society; Editor, San Antonio Conservation Society News; Director, San Antonio Food Bank


Married since 1975 to Lamar Spencer. Daughter Kate Spencer graduated from Trinity University, is married to Cameron Ladd and lives and works in Austin.