Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 7:00 P.M.
Tracy Gee Community Center, 3599 Westcenter Drive
The Honorable Annise Parker spent many years in service to the people of Houston, America’s 4th largest city, with six years as a City Council member, six years as City Controller, and six years as Mayor. She is one of only two women to have been elected mayor.
In addition to her duties as mayor, Parker was a member of President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, and chaired the U.S. Conference of Mayors Criminal and Social Justice Committee. She is a past Fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
In 2010 Time magazine named Mayor Parker one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She was named top US mayor and seventh ranked world mayor in 2014 by City Mayors Foundation.
Mayor Parker is currently a Fellow at the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University and is a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary’s Advisory Council.
Mayor Parker is a second generation native Houstonian. She graduated from Rice University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. In the private sector, Parker spent 20 years working in the oil and gas industry. She also co-owned Inklings, a lesbian/feminist bookstore for 10 years.
Parker and her wife Kathy Hubbard have been together for more than 25 years and are advocates for adoption, with three daughters and a son.
Pat Thomsen, Program Chair
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