The Hon. Annise Parker
Council of Mayors
The Hon. Anise Parker is a Member of the Council of Mayors at RIDGE-LANE LP.
Mayor Parker served two terms as Houston’s 61st mayor and one of only two women to hold the city’s highest elected office. As Houston’s chief executive officer, she was responsible for all aspects of the general management of the city and for enforcement of all laws and ordinances.
Mayor Parker’s accomplishments as mayor include job growth far exceeding the number of jobs lost during the recession, resulting in Houston being named the job growth capital of the nation. In addition, she bucked the trend of most other major U.S. cities by balancing three city budgets during the tough economic times without raising taxes or having to eliminate police or firefighter jobs.
The mayor’s tenure also includes passage and implementation of Rebuild Houston, a pay-as-you-go comprehensive street and drainage improvement program that will provide jobs for Houstonians for years to come; voter approval of a $410 public improvement bond program; creation of an independent organization to oversee the City’s crime lab operations; a unique sobering center for public intoxication cases; adoption of a long-term financial plan that ensures the stability of Houston’s water department and reorganization of city departments to achieve cost savings and more efficient operations. She created a new City department focused on the needs of neighborhoods and the Office of Business Opportunity to help minority and women-owned small business enterprises compete for city contracts. Additionally, Mayor Parker won City Council approval of a Historic Preservation Ordinance that, for the first time, provides real protection for historic properties in City-designated historic districts and she issued one of the most comprehensive non-discrimination orders in the nation.
In addition to her duties as mayor, she was an active member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, served 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 Future and Montrose Center.
Prior to being elected mayor, she spent many years in service to the people of Houston, with six years as a city council member and six years as city controller. In the private sector, Mayor Parker spent 20 years working in the oil and gas industry, including 18 years with Mosbacher Energy Company. She also co-owned a retail bookstore for 10 years. Mayor Parker is a second-generation native Houstonian. She graduated from Rice University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.