About Council Member Wanda Adams
One would be challenged to find a more committed public servant than Wanda Adams. While serving three terms on Houston City Council, Adams spent most of her time advocating for her district’s fair share of the city’s revenue and responding to the needs of her constituency. A native Houstonian who hails from the same streets as the legendary Barbara Jordan and Mickey Leland, Adams says that her heart has long been with the people who long for their elected officials to offer them the best quality of life available. The youngest of four children, Adams became a basketball standout at Kashmere High School. Her dedication and skill afforded her the opportunity to receive an athletic scholarship to Texas Southern University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs.
Prior to being elected as the Council Member for District D, Wanda Adams pursued her passion for public service by beginning her career working for a government based transitional program for women re-entering society, and agencies such as, the City of Houston Housing Authority, Harris County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Association, Solid Waste Management, and the Mayor’s Citizen’s Assistance Office. As Council Member, Wanda Adams served on numerous committees which included Chair of Housing and Sustainable Growth, Budget and Fiscal Affairs, Quality of Life, Technology Transportation and Infrastructure, Ethics and Council Governance, and Public Safety. While fighting to improve the quality of life for all Houstonians, Adams partnered with area schools to increase the safety of students by committing to demolish dangerous buildings in the neighborhood and by encouraging the construction of walkable sidewalks. During her 6 years as the Council Member for District D, Wanda Adams fought for District D to receive over $500 million of projects and improvements that include $14 million to repair over 117 miles of roads, clean over 27,000 manholes and inlets, and repair over 559 bridges in District D. Adams also secured $1.5 million in funding for a senior citizen center. In supporting the goal to provide quality health care to all residents, Adams also secured $1.5 million in funding to construct the Fort Bend Health Clinic. Under Adams’ leadership, District D also received improvements to Clayton and Palm Center/Young Libraries, 5 fire stations, 10 parks, and 3 Multi-Service Centers. Adams has also served as an International Ambassador for the City of Houston while traveling to Africa, Europe, and South America, is currently serving as the host of Houston TV’s “Community Connection”, and is a professor at Texas Southern University teaching Political Science.
Wanda Adams’ care for the less fortunate drives her efforts to create initiatives to find funding for the homeless, find a cure for breast cancer, repair the homes of veterans, ensure the health and public safety of residents in her district, and serve as an advocate for the disabled and mentally ill. On her personal time, Wanda Adams earned her Master of Public Administration from TSU and was a participant in the 2011 South American International Development where she met with the President of the Bahia Electoral College and the Bahia Secretary of State regarding socio-economic disparities in the country. She continues her commitment to community service by serving as a Trustee for The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, volunteering for the YMCA, YWCA, Keep Houston Beautiful, Meals on Wheels in the Sunnyside Community, is a breast cancer awareness advocate who has raised over $10,000 for the cause, and was appointed as a National Officer for the Social Action Commission for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Wanda Adams is a sought after public speaker who volunteers her time to speak at various community and educational events. Among all of her responsibilities and accolades, she remains very grounded in her faith and still finds time to serve as a missionary and volunteers as a Sunday school teacher at the Fountain of Praise. In the Spring of 2013, Adams participated in a missionary trip to Cape Town, South Africa where she continued her international public service by encouraging women to “Live in Greatness”.
Her accolades include receiving the Award of Distinction from the National Forum of Black Public Accountants, Pillar of the Community Award, Sally S. Shipman “Friends of the Homeless” Advocacy Award, Women of Distinction and Community Service from New Beginnings Church, Commencement Speaker for Texas Southern University, Houston Metropolitan Area Section of Nation Council of Negro Women, RollingOut.com’s “Top 25 Women”, Elected Official of the Year Award given by the Houston Area Association for the Education of Young Children, Houston Woman’s Magazine’s “Top 50 Women in Houston”, and was the first member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated to serve on Houston City Council.
It would be a daunting task to find someone who matches the high level of passion and drive to meet the needs of the community they represent as Council Member Wanda Adams.