Mayor's Office Press Release
Mayor Turner Nominates Teresa R. Morales to METRO Board, Plans to Reappoint Four Current Board Members
July 5, 2018 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner has nominated Teresa “Terry” R. Morales to serve in Position 5 of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) board of directors, for a term that expires April 7, 2020.
The METRO board consists of nine members. Five are nominated by the Mayor of Houston and confirmed by Houston City Council. Two are appointed by the mayors of METRO's 14 other member cities and two are appointed by the Harris County Commissioners Court.
Morales is a Senior Vice President of Amegy Bank in the Corporate Banking Division. She is involved in various internal group activities including the Amegy PAC, the Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee, and the Amegy Women’s Initiative Diversity Markets Committee.
She replaces Christof Spieler whose term expired April 7, 2018.
Morales is a native Houstonian and grew up in Houston’s East End. She earned a BBA in Finance from the University of Houston, and is also a graduate of Leadership Houston and the Center for Houston’s Future. Her involvement in the community includes being a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum Class XXXIV, and an active role in several community organizations.
“Terry’s background in business combined with her community involvement make her an exceptional addition to the METRO board,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “As roads get more crowded, more Houstonians are ready to start using transit, but we have to make it more efficient and more convenient by building connections to destinations in high demand.”
Mayor Turner also announced his intention to reappoint four current METRO board members whose terms will expire April 7, 2020.
- Lex Frieden, position one
- Sanjay Ramabhadran, position two
- Troi Taylor, position three
- Carrin F. Patman, position four
Houston city council is scheduled to vote Wednesday, July 11, on the mayor’s appointments.