About Our Founder

Tracy Ann Wolff

Community Involvement

For over two decades Tracy Wolff has been a community volunteer and fundraiser focusing primarily on children and family issues.

As First Lady of Bexar County, Tracy recently joined her husband, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, in a new project - the creation of the first digital public library in the nation, BiblioTech. The mission of BiblioTech is to "provide all Bexar County residents with the opportunity to access technology for the purpose of enhancing education and literacy, promoting reading and equipping the citizens of Bexar county with the necessary tools to thrive as citizens of the 21st Century".

BiblioTech opened September 14th, 2013 and has quickly become a success. It has garnered national and international media attention and has been highlighted and monitored by the BBC, the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Time Magazine, NPR, and appearing on several national television media outlets.

BiblioTech, located at 3505 Pleasanton Road, occupies 5,000 square feet inside a Bexar County building. BiblioTech offers over 20,000 e-book titles that can be downloaded from anywhere in Bexar County. The facility has a children’s learning area, a digital research room with desk top computers and iPads, group study rooms, a small café and a community room. 600 E-readers are available for check out to the citizens of Bexar County.

Through The Hidalgo Foundation of Bexar County, Tracy has raised a million dollars to assist Bexar County with their investment in BiblioTech for the residents of South Bexar County.

In December of 2014, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff announced the creation of a second BiblioTech location on the west side of San Antonio.

In 2004, as the founder and President of the Hidalgo Foundation of Bexar County a 501c3, Tracy was charged with the mission of raising $6 million towards the restoration and renovation of the Bexar County Courthouse, the oldest and largest historic courthouse in continuous operation in Texas. Because of her personal commitment to children, Tracy included in the fundraising goal, the construction of two "child abuse courts and additional support areas" which were completed in January of 2005.

The Bexar County Children's Courts are the first to be created in Texas, second in the U. S., and were named the model for the nation by the William & Mary Law School's Courtroom 21 Project. To date, the Foundation has raised $7.5 million.

Tracy is also co-founder and Advisor of "SMART START," – a $3 million dollar San Antonio Area Foundation trust fund, launched in 1994 to improve the quality of childcare programs throughout the community. Smart Start awards grants to childcare programs and home care providers who seek to become nationally accredited. As first Lady of San Antonio, Tracy launched a SMART START multi-media educational campaign to provide early childcare information for families. SMART START operates a full time bilingual hotline 65 SMART.

Over the years, Tracy has chaired numerous fundraisers, raising thousands of dollars for community needs: A "Book Telethon" for the Library Foundation; "Sticky Wickets" a croquet tournament at Blessed Sacrament Academy, now an official Fiesta Event; The "International Gala" which raised the initial funds needed to start the CASA program with sister cities in Mexico on behalf of the City of San Antonio; "Speaking of Women's Health" with KLRN; "The Heart Gallery of San Antonio" a unique photo exhibit of children in foster care waiting to be adopted.

Current Boards

  • The Dolph & Janey Briscoe National Western Art Museum
  • The Women’s Forum
  • The Tobin Performing Arts Foundation, Advisory Board
  • The Children’s Museum of San Antonio, Steering Committee

Former Boards

  • Alamo Workforce Development Board, Chair/Childcare Committee
  • CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital Board
  • San Antonio Library Foundation
  • San Antonio Children’s Museum
  • Humana Women’s and Children’s Hospital
  • CTRC
  • Guadalupe Arts Center
  • Texas Work and Family Clearinghouse
  • St. Mary’s University, The Forum on Entrepreneurship

Awards and Honors

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, City of San Antonio, Department of Community Initiatives, “for building public awareness and raising the quality of early childhood education”
  • Distinguished Service Award, The San Antonio Association for the Education of Young Children, BEST of TEXAS - The Texas Work Family
  • Bexar County Pioneer Award, Restoration of the Bexar County Courthouse
  • Faces of the Millennium
  • The Dr. Dale Wood Award for Advocacy of Children and Families
  • The Good Scout Award, Alamo Area of Council Boy Scouts of America
  • Peacemaker Award, San Antonio Bar Foundation
  • Mother of the Year Award, AVANCE San Antonio
  • Headliner Award, Association for Women in Communication San Antonio Professional Chapter
  • The San Antonian Award, The San Antonio North Chamber

International Recognition

  • DIF MONTEREY service award, facilitating childcare training programs with a sister city and providing assistance with medical supplies.
  • The Universidad Nacional Autonoma De Mexico (UNAM) - established an International children’s Exchange program

Special Honors

  • The Center for Health Care Services, 711 East Josephine, San Antonio, Texas was dedicated and renamed "The Nelson and Tracy Wolff Center for Child and Family Development" in honor of their many contributions to improve the lives of children and families in San Antonio, 2006.
  • Tracy and Nelson Wolff received the "Excellence in Leadership Award" from Texas Lutheran University, 2007.
  • The NAJIM Foundation of San Antonio naming of a "Respite Care Home for Children" - The Tracy Wolff Home, 2009.
  • A plaque located on the Historic Bexar County Courthouse grounds honoring Tracy Ann Wolff and the Hidalgo Foundation for the restoration of the Courthouse and the Lady Justice Fountain, 2010.
  • The San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame, 2013.

Tracy studied at Our Lady of the Lake University, majoring in communications.

Tracy is married to Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and together they have a blended family of six adult children and seven brilliant and beautiful grandchildren!