Annise Parker is the former 61st mayor of Houston and one of only two women to hold the City’s highest elected office. Parker also spent six years as a City Council member and six years as City Controller. She is the only person in Houston history to hold the offices of council member, controller, and mayor.
Fast Company magazine selected Houston as City of the Year for 2011 and in 2010, Time magazine named Parker one the 100 most influential people in the world. She has also been the recipient of numerous awards during her career, including the 2011 Guardian of the Bay Award from the Galveston Bay Foundation, Scenic Houston’s 2010 Scenic Visionary Award, and the 2010 Guardian of the Human Spirit Award from the Holocaust Museum Houston.
Parker is a member of President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, chairs the U.S. Conference of Mayors Criminal and Social Justice Committee, serves as a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary’s Advisory Council and, on the boards of the Texas Environmental Research Consortium and Houston Galveston Area Council. She is an advisory board member of the Holocaust Museum, Center for Houston’s Futurem, and Montrose Center.