Fiesta San Antonio Commission Announces New Executive Director

Submitted by rudyarispe on August 6, 2020 - 1:59pm

After 25 years of overseeing and managing St. Mary’s Fiesta Oyster Baker as executive director, Steve Rosenauer has taken an even bigger leap in his Fiesta-related career. He will now serve as executive director of the Fiesta San Antonio Commission.

“I’m honored to be part of this organization and excited to get going,” Rosenauer said. “I know there are challenges because of COVID, but I’m looking forward to working with all of our volunteers and a talented staff.”

His immediate goal as executive director, Rosenauer said, is to ensure the health and safety of Fiesta’s 2.5 million guests. “One of our goals is to make sure we’re able to keep our guests, volunteers and sponsors safe,” he said. “We will follow the official city and county guidelines regarding the rules for public gatherings.”

With two plus decades of experience in recruiting, training and managing more than 400 key volunteers, including 7,000 event volunteers, as he did with Oyster Bake, Rosenauer, who replaced retiring executive director Amy Shaw, believes he is well prepared to lead the Fiesta commission.

“One of the main things I learned is how important volunteers are to the success of any nonprofit or event. They’re the ones that make everything happen,” he said, “and Fiesta is able to happen because of 75,000 volunteers.”

Rosenauer is well-known throughout the community. He is a member of the Order of the Cascaron, a recipient of the Texas Festivals and Events Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Hall of Honor inductee, and Professional of the Year Award.

In addition to serving as a PMO Commissioner, he has served as an Elected Commissioner and has represented St. Mary’s University Alumni Association on the Executive Committee.

A native of St. Louis, Mo., Rosenauer came to San Antonio to attend St. Mary’s, where he earned his undergraduate and master’s degree in communication studies.

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