Mayor's Office

Press Release




December 17, 2009 -- Mayor-elect Annise Parker has selected Gilbert Garcia, State Representative Garnet Coleman and Nancy Kinder to lead her transition team.  Garcia, managing partner at Davis Hamilton Jackson and Associates, LP, was chairman of Mayor-elect Parker’s victorious campaign.  Representative Coleman has served the people of District 147 in the Texas House of Representatives continuously since 1991.  Kinder is an icon in Houston’s business, political and charitable communities.


“This process will set the tone for my administration,” said Parker.  “I am proud that such a diverse representation of Houston business, government and community interests has stepped forward to lead the effort.  They have extensive knowledge of what I want to accomplish and the transparency I desire as mayor.  I want us all to work together to get through this economic downturn and emerge a stronger and better Houston.  I know I am placing the task of developing the action plan needed to get there in very capable hands.”


The transition team will create eight committees to review operations in the following areas:


Housing and Community Development funding, contracts and personnel;
Intergovernmental Relations, including opportunities for collaboration and cost
Neighborhood protection involving everything from weeded lots to graffiti
Permitting efficiency and procedures;
Public works and infrastructure including streets, flooding and drainage;
Density and development ordinances to help residential neighborhoods;
Minority and women business enterprise contracting.


Parker views this as just the beginning, noting that there will likely be other areas that need review.  Committee chairs and members will be selected beginning today.  Volunteers interested in serving on one of the panels should send an email to  Mayor-elect Parker expects the committee to report back directly to her by mid-February.