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, and is the only person in Houston history to have held the offices of council member, controller and mayor. She was the first openly GLBT mayor of a major American city.

In 2010 Time magazine named Mayor Parker one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Fast Company magazine selected Houston as City of the Year for 2011. She was named top US mayor and seventh ranked world mayor in 2014 by City Mayors Foundation. She has received numerous awards during her career, including Scenic Houston’s Scenic Visionary Award, Guardian of the Human Spirit Award from Holocaust Museum Houston, Guardian of the Bay Award from Galveston Bay Foundation, Rice University Distinguished Alumna for 2011, and Local Arts Leadership honoree by Americans For the Arts.

In addition to her duties as mayor, Parker was a member of President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, chaired the U.S. Conference of Mayors Criminal and Social Justice Committee, was a steering committee member of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and served on the boards of the Texas Environmental Research Consortium and Houston Galveston Area Council. She is a past Fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Mayor Parker is currently a Fellow at the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University and Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Neighborhood Centers, Inc. She serves on the board of FirstNet, created by Congress to implement a nationwide broadband network for first responders and is a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary’s Advisory Council. She is an advisory board member of Holocaust Museum Houston, Center for Houston’s Future and Montrose Center.

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, including 18 years with Mosbacher Energy Company. 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.